An Obama 3rd Term? Though not legal, President Barack Obama, who is on an African tour right now, recently made a comment that has left many bristled.
According to Western Journalism:
While on his African tour, the president left his Ethiopian counterpart standing awkwardly and uncomfortably silent in front of the international press corps while Obama launched into a blistering critique of Republican White House hopefuls.
As the Associated Press reported in an article carried on Yahoo! News, Obama took an abrupt detour from the reason for the joint appearance with Ethiopia’s leader and went hyper-political as he slammed Republicans Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.
“Obama’s comments marked his most direct engagement in the race to succeed him,” according to the AP account of the president’s near-meltdown while on foreign soil. “Until now, he’s largely limited his commentary to policy differences with Republicans, often sidestepping the names of specific candidates.”
The president was particularly angry at his opponents’ attempts to derail the Iran nuclear agreement he has fought so long to negotiate and now finds himself having to defend against powerful pushback.
But the Obama overseas comment that would likely get the most attention and raise the most eyebrows among conservatives who can’t wait for the president to leave office was what he said about running again. Fox News notes that Obama went “off-script” on Tuesday as he addressed the African Union — it was a spontaneous, self-serving boast that apparently included a rather odd reference to his own wealth.
“I actually think I’m a pretty good president. I believe if I ran again, I could win.”
“But I can’t,” he added.
Obama later said, “I don’t understand why people want to stay so long, especially when they’ve got a lot of money.”
Now why, one might wonder, would President Obama find it useful or productive to his overseas mission to say those nine words — “I believe if I ran again, I could win.” — as they served no apparent purpose except to let him inflate and polish his own ego?
During the same presentation to the African audience in Ethiopia, Obama said something else that many of his critics and opponents will likely jump on as self-incriminating evidence of his own executive overreach. The Fox News report on the president’s address quotes him as saying, without the slightest hint of irony or tinge of self-awareness about his behavior:
“There’s still so much I want to get done to keep America moving forward. But the law is the law and no one is above it, not even presidents.”
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