‘First Kenyan-American’ president, Obama, tells Africans that America would elect him to third term
President Obama is pretty sure he could earn another term in the White House — if he wanted it.
Playing into years of speculation and criticism from the political far right, Obama tapped into a commonly circulated fear among his opponents: that he secretly wants to abolish the two-term limit on U.S. presidents and take over the White House indefinitely.
“Let me be honest with you; I do not understand this,” said Obama in a speech before delegates of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “I am in my second term. It has been an extraordinary privilege for me to serve as 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. I can’t run again.”
People were really, really clapping for this. Maybe that’s because Obama used the moment to compare the rule of law in the U.S. with some African nations, where elections have not prevented incumbent leaders from entrenching themselves in office — even when they lose the popular vote.
“I actually think I’m a pretty good president; I think if I ran, I could win,” Obama added. “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.”
Then again, our president has a pen and phone; and he’s assured us he’s not afraid to use them.
Earlier, Obama told an energized crowd in Nairobi, Kenya, that he is “the first Kenyan-American to be president of the United States. That goes without saying.”
Hey, if identity politics works here, why can’t it work in Kenya? At least Obama can sell the idea to other nations, even if they’re far less diverse or tolerant than ours — that that’s how America works.