Claiborne Lee Bell's 1976 Atlantic article argued that voters should elect not just the president, but also his or her spouse:

If for centuries royalty has been willing to sacrifice personal preferences and to marry for reasons of state, our Presidents can do no less. To let them have consorts chosen for their own pleasure is just the kind of frivolous romanticism that undermines our public ethics. The reform that is needed is obvious: The President's spouse, as well as the President, must be elected by the people.

But not consecutively.

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