Today’s quote comes to us from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the first-term congressperson from New York’s 14th District.
On Friday, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was on Chris Hayes’ MSNBC show. The talk turned to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. And she decided to grace its audience with her extensive knowledge of presidential/constitutional history, by telling us how FDR finally ended his run in the Oval Office:
“They had to amend the Constitution of the United States to make sure Roosevelt did not get reelected.”
Wow. I never knew that.
However, I think, maybe, the reason I never knew that is because the 22nd Amendment was approved by congress on March 24, 1947 – almost two years after Franklin Delano Roosevelt died (April 12, 1945), then ratified by the required 3/4 of states on February 27, 1951, almost 6 years after his death.
And that, of course, is before we get to the fact that the 22nd Amendment specifically excluded the current President – so if FDR had been in office when it was enacted, he could have run as many more times as he wanted.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins Quote Of The Day honors for showing us again, as she has so many times already during her brief tenure in the House of Representatives, what happens when you combine a very big mouth with a very small body of knowledge.