Over the years, Obama has lamented the fact that he’s not a king, an emperor, or a dictator and has stated that it would be “so much easier to be president of China.” He also stated no fewer than 22 times that he does not have the authority for executive amnesty . . . before doing it.
Apparently recognizing the limitations of being the president of the United States, Obama can’t help musing about a third term. He thinks he’d win.
Most Democrats (57%) would vote to give Obama a third term. Ninety-three percent (93%) of Republicans, 68% of voters not affiliated with either major party – and 32% of Democrats – would not.
Obama defeated Republican nominee John McCain by a 53% to 46% margin in 2008 and was reelected with 51% of the vote against GOP candidate Mitt Romney in 2012.
An amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits presidential candidates from being elected to more than two four-year terms. Nineteen percent (19%) of all voters believe that amendment should be changed so presidents can serve longer. Seventy-eight percent (78%) oppose such a change.
Interestingly, only 32% of Democrats support changing this amendment. Ninety percent (90%) of GOP voters and 82% of unaffiliateds are opposed.
Of course, Obama is not the first president to publicly state that he’d win a third term; Bill Clinton said the same thing in 2000. Who knows if either would have or would win a third term—certainly not me, I didn’t think Obama would win a second term. The more interesting question is whether anyone would stop Obama if he tried.DONATE
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