Watch: Obama Claims ‘I Could Win a Third Term’
Obama tells African Union he’s been a “pretty good” president, laments the lack of a third term in America ‘but the law is the law.’
US President Barack Obama said during a speech to the African Union on Tuesday that he had been a “pretty good” president, and that he would have been able to win a third term – if only the law allowed him to.
While speaking about the need for African leaders to step aside when their terms end so as to maintain democracy, Obama jokingly – or not – said, “now, let me be honest with you. I do not understand this. I am in my second term. It has been an extraordinary privilege for me to serve as the President of the United States. I cannot imagine a greater honor or a more interesting job.”
“I love my work. But under our Constitution, I cannot run again,” he said with a laugh in his voice, indicating how he would like to run again, to which the crowd cheered.
“I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” Obama continued. “I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t. So there’s a lot that I’d like to do to keep America moving, but the law is the law.”
Despite his rosy appraisal of his own presidency, critics would likely beg to differ over his “pretty good” rating. He has been chiefly criticized for forcing through his “Obamacare” health care plan, and similarly moving to force through a nuclear deal with Iran that would let the leading state sponsor of terror inspect its own covert nuclear facilities.
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