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A presidential 'oath of office' mash-up

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A presidential 'oath of office' mash-up

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On this date in 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to his fourth and final term in office. On the surface of it, we might think of electing one president four times as a foreign concept, but the truth is, we're in the midst of a rather dynastic run of our own. After all, it's been nearly 20 years since a Bush or Clinton wasn't in the White House.

Check out this stat: If you include Bush Sr.'s eight years as vice president, 40 percent of Americans have never lived when there wasn't a Bush or a Clinton in the White House. And if Hillary wins next year, the streak will continue. A two-term HRC presidency would bring us to 2016, at which point the presumptive nominees would likely be Jeb and Chelsea.

To drive home the scale of the Bush-Clinton dynasty, we put together a little "oath of office" ditty that you can hear by clicking above. And check out this article to read more on the topic.