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WaPo: Who’s up for a third Obama term?

Via Drudge and Nathan Harden, a little unintentional humor from a history professor at NYU who maintains that all would be well if only Obama was able to run for a third term in 2016. I think he’s being serious:

In 1947, Sen. Harley Kilgore (D-W.Va.) condemned a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict presidents to two terms. “The executive’s effectiveness will be seriously impaired,” Kilgore argued on the Senate floor, “ as no one will obey and respect him if he knows that the executive cannot run again.”

I’ve been thinking about Kilgore’s comments as I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37?percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president. Even former president Bill Clinton has said that Americans should be allowed to keep the health insurance they have.

Or consider the reaction to the Iran nuclear deal. Regardless of his political approval ratings, Obama could expect Republican senators such as Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and John McCain (Ariz.) to attack the agreement. But if Obama could run again, would he be facing such fervent objections from Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)?

Probably not. Democratic lawmakers would worry about provoking the wrath of a president who could be reelected. Thanks to term limits, though, they’ve got little to fear.

Nor does Obama have to fear the voters, which might be the scariest problem of all. If he chooses, he could simply ignore their will. And if the people wanted him to serve another term, why shouldn’t they be allowed to award him one?

I’m sure Obama agrees. Why not just make him president for life? Hopenchange in perpetuity.


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  • petedoc810

    This is not funny. It wouldn’t surprise me if some reason to cancel or "postpone" the 2016 elections is in the works.

    • Quiet_Righty

      If so, I hope there are many defenders of the Constitution in our miitary and that they will wake up and prevent such a postponement.

      • carolhaka

        I’m up for a coup now! (Obama, that is pronounced koo!)

        • CharInOhio

          LOL like corpsemen? :)

  • qtdb7

    Should We the People do it to ‘DEBT man walking’
    Obama like they did to Muslim extremist Morsi in Egypt?


    I just posted elsewhere this very comment plus the answer he gave to ABC when asked about where was he going in Jan 2017 . his reply
    I am staying in Washington
    we have to stop this right now before it becomes fact because I believe this is exactly what he plans to do .hence the silence from HRC. and RNC.

    • lanahi

      He says it is up to his daughter, Sasha, whether they remain in DC or go back to Chicago.

      • bejocy

        Can’t believe anything he says…..

  • CharInOhio

    I think the commie WaPo………needs to GO GO …………I think a few of us Americans may have a "problem" should this occur ……….actually…….at this point , probably more than a few ……….. Not so sure "I would try that at home" ……. Just sayin ……..

  • Chris Martin

    If the man had a shred of leadership ability he wouldn’t need a third term to command the respect of Congress.

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  • MarkRNY

    And why not?! If he didn’t get it right the 1st two times, doesn’t he deserve another try? What happens to his self-esteem? You people are mean…I bet you keep score at baseball and football games too (the funny/terrifying thing is there are those who think this way)..

    The only 3 terms I want to see this malevolent head case serve are 3 10 year terms at Levenworth (consecutive, not concurrent). He’s EARNED it.

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