Feeling Myself: If The Constitution Allowed, Barack Obama Thinks He Could Win A Third Term
While addressing the African Union in Ethiopia, Barack Obama said if the U.S. constitution allowed, he thinks he could run and win a third term as president.
Barack Obama will soon be out of a day job.
Come January 2017, the 44th Prez, Michelle and the girls will have to pack up their belongings and move from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
But while addressing the African Union in Ethiopia, Obama said if the U.S. constitution allowed, he thinks he could remain in office for another four years.
"I actually think I'm a pretty good President. I think if I ran, I could win, but I can't," Obama said. "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 remarks came Tuesday (July 28) while critiquing some leaders of the African Union in Addis Ababa who are unwilling to relinquish power.
"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," the president said.
Obama mentioned that he's looking forward to life after the presidency, but received the loudest applause from the audience when he questioned how leaders remain power through force.
"Nothing will unlock Africa's economic potential more than ending the cancer of corruption," Obama said. "When someone has to pay a bribe just to start a business or to go to school or get an official to do the job they're supposed to be doing anyway -- that's not 'the African way'; it undermines the dignity of the people you represent."