During a speech earlier this week, President Obama said he thought he could win a third term as President of the United States if he was permitted to run.
During the speech President Obama said:
“Under our constitution I cannot run again.”
“I actually think I’m a pretty good President. I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t.”
“There’s a lot that I’d like to do to keep America moving. But the law is the law, and no person is above the law, not even the president.”
The president was speaking on the problem of getting African leaders to adhere to or adopt term limits and followed up his comments by saying, “Africa’s democratic progress is also at risk when leaders refuse to step aside when their terms end. Now let me be honest with you — I do not understand this.”
After the “total rebuke” of Obama and his policies in the 2014 mid-term elections, resulting in the first Republican Congressional Majority in over a decade, Obama’s declaration has left Conservatives scratching their heads.
A third term for (Vice) President Obama might not be too far off base. Vice President Joe Biden recently discussed running for President with Obama as his running mate, effectively establishing a third term for the duo.
“Those seeking to lead the nation should protect and defend and run, yes run, on what we’ve done; own what we have done. Stand for what we have done, acknowledge what we have done, and be judged on what we have done. … Some say that would amount to a third term of the president. I call it sticking with what works and what we oughta do.”
Slate recently concluded that “[perhaps] this is one of the reasons Clinton is working so hard to come up with a message that is so unique and powerful it looks new. Amy Chozick of the New York Times reports that Clinton has consulted more than 200 experts in her effort to craft an economic message. She’s not just trying to come up with a policy that creates distance, but one that achieves escape velocity.
In 2012, Leftist news organization Mother Jones wrote about a similar scenario, dismissing it as a mere “Conservative Conspiracy Theory”. It appears that once again, the notoriously off-base Mother Jones was, well, off base.
Barack Hussein Obama is hatching a secret plot to pull off the ultimate power grab: securing himself a third term in the White House. At least that’s the narrative being spun by right-wing conspiracy theorists, who seem to believe Obama is modeling his presidency after fictional Nixon in Watchmen.
A third term for Obama? Probably not. Will Biden run? Hillary sure thinks so. Would it matter in the end? Given the difference between Hillary and Biden/Obama, it is unlikely that there would be any noticeable difference between the two potential administrations.
Mother Jones and other leftists certainly relish the idea that a corrupt politician (Clinton) and a Socialist (Sanders) are not their only potential Presidential prodigies. With that said, a third term for Obama-Biden seems unlikely given the aforementioned rebuke of their administration.
Instead of being overly concerned with Obama getting a third term, perhaps Conservatives should be more concerned with electing a politician that represents their views.
What do you think? Who has a greater chance of being our next President: Joe Biden or Rand Paul?