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Tue Jul 28, 2015, 08:50 AM

Obama: If I Ran for a Third Term, I Could Win

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Obama: If I Ran for a Third Term, I Could Win, "But I can't"

Maya Rhodan @m_rhodan 8:15 AM ET

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech to the African Union on July 28, 2015, in Addis Ababa.

President Obama said that if he could run for a third term he thinks he would win, while calling for African leaders to adhere to term limits during a historic speech before the African Union.

“I actually think I’m a pretty good president. I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t,” Obama said in Ethiopia on Tuesday. ” There’s a lot that I’d like to do to keep America moving, but the law’s the law.”

President Obama addressed his third term viability while calling on African leaders to step aside when their terms end on Tuesday. During his speech, the first by an American president before the African Union, Obama said when a leader “tries to change the rules in the middle of the game” in order to stay in office it puts a nation’s stability and the future of Democratic progress across the continent at risk. Obama specifically noted recent elections in Burundi, where President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term. The United Nations has said those elections occurred in an environment that was not “not conducive for an inclusive, free and credible electoral process,” according to the Associated Press.

” The point is, I don’t understand why people want to stay so long. Especially, when they’ve got a lot of money,” Obama said Tuesday, during the final stretch of his historic trip to two African countries. “And sometimes you’ll hear a leader say ‘I’m the only person who can hold this nation together.’ If that’s true, then that leader has failed to truly build their nation.”



http://time.com/3974517/obama-third-term/

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Reply Obama: If I Ran for a Third Term, I Could Win (Original post)
kpete Jul 2015 OP
Erich Bloodaxe BSN Jul 2015 #1
Skinner Jul 2015 #2
CTyankee Jul 2015 #5
DemocratSinceBirth Jul 2015 #34
ffr Jul 2015 #45
joshcryer Jul 2015 #66
Erich Bloodaxe BSN Jul 2015 #21
DemocratSinceBirth Jul 2015 #33
tavalon Jul 2015 #48
Krytan11c Jul 2015 #51
Hekate Jul 2015 #53
Adrahil Jul 2015 #4
treestar Jul 2015 #18
Chemisse Jul 2015 #22
geek tragedy Jul 2015 #27
swilton Jul 2015 #30
Godhumor Jul 2015 #32
MineralMan Jul 2015 #39
LynneSin Jul 2015 #40
Cha Jul 2015 #60
Fred Sanders Jul 2015 #3
Gothmog Jul 2015 #6
sufrommich Jul 2015 #7
greytdemocrat Jul 2015 #8
sufrommich Jul 2015 #9
greytdemocrat Jul 2015 #10
stevenleser Jul 2015 #11
sufrommich Jul 2015 #12
stevenleser Jul 2015 #13
greytdemocrat Jul 2015 #15
stevenleser Jul 2015 #16
greytdemocrat Jul 2015 #23
malaise Jul 2015 #36
Politicub Jul 2015 #19
mac56 Jul 2015 #26
geek tragedy Jul 2015 #28
Cha Jul 2015 #58
irisblue Jul 2015 #64
panader0 Jul 2015 #14
mainstreetonce Jul 2015 #17
Politicub Jul 2015 #20
Renew Deal Jul 2015 #24
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Amimnoch Jul 2015 #31
jalan48 Jul 2015 #35
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Hekate Jul 2015 #47
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angrychair Jul 2015 #43
nadine_mn Jul 2015 #46
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still_one Jul 2015 #55
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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 08:51 AM

1. That's ok. Hillary is running for your third term. nt

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 08:58 AM

2. You say that like it's a bad thing.

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Response to Skinner (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:03 AM

5. IIRC, Bill Clinton was so popular that he would have won a "third term."

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:53 AM

34. Given the closeness of the 00 race that seems a virtual certainty.

eom

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 11:26 AM

45. I'd have voted for any Democratic president for a third term

Any Democrat is better than ANY Republi. I'd vote twice, if I could, for Bill Clinton or Barack Obama though. And if Sanders is the candidate, I'd vote for him too.

Fuck the GOP and their leachy supporters!

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 29, 2015, 12:03 AM

66. He'd still be President.

Incumbents have a huge advantage as it is, and Clinton wouldn't have gone to Iraq (9/11 would've potentially been averted; we may have gone to Afghanistan either way).

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Response to Skinner (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:06 AM

21. I think we can do better.

And I think Obama could have done far more, had he not had the weird idea that working 'with' Republicans was possible or needful.

But here's a link for you, since you're one of the few Hillary supporters I don't have on ignore.

http://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/news/a29104/ladavia-drane-hillary-clinton-black-voters/

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Response to Skinner (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:52 AM

33. Precisely.

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Response to Skinner (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 11:50 AM

48. At best, it's an acceptable thing

I'm very pleased that Bernie Sanders is forcing her to the left, where she should be. He probably won't win in the primary but he is serving a very valuable service. By the time he's through molding her, the DLC/Third Way won't recognize her. That is a good thing.

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Response to tavalon (Reply #48)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 12:36 PM

51. Because Hillary needs a man to mold her?

Wtf?

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Response to Skinner (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 12:40 PM

53. +1 Skinner

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:01 AM

4. That would be fine with me!

 

Most effective President in my lifetime. I could live with more of that!

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:56 AM

18. What does that mean? No it would be Hillary's first term.

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:07 AM

22. That would be fine if it was accurate.

But Hillary will be her own person with her own style and priorities - and obligations.

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:31 AM

27. We should be so lucky if she wins. nt

 

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:38 AM

30. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

 

short and sweet!

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:51 AM

32. I would take it

Considering Obama had been a fantastic president.

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 11:03 AM

39. No, actually she is not.

She's running for her first term, and she will be a different President if she succeeds. At this point, President Obama is not speaking about his preferences for his successor. If she wins the nomination, though, I'm absolutely certain that he will campaign strongly for her, and she'll be happy to have his support.

If he did endorse her now, though, that would put an end to any chance of a different nominee. He won't do that, though. He believes in the process that ended up with his election. He will let the process proceed.

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 11:06 AM

40. Um, Hillary wasn't his VP - that was Joe Biden and he will be running for Obama

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 07:26 PM

60. Are you saying.. Bernie is running against President Obama?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:00 AM

3. Hell, Americans, because the majority still are not brainwashed totally by the media, would make him President-for-Life!

Although Clinton is so close to Obama's personality and vision, so an excellent second choice.

An historical first in so many ways if President Clinton can continue the legacy Obama will leave behind.

Day 1 of the Obama Presidency, the economy was in tatters.....I remember.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:22 AM

6. I agree with President Obama on this

He could win a third term

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:23 AM

7. He's right. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:28 AM

8. Statements like that

are far too arrogant. There is a reason for
a two term limit.

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Response to greytdemocrat (Reply #8)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:30 AM

9. You didn't read the article,did you?

It's the exact opposite of "arrogant".

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Response to sufrommich (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:39 AM

10. Oh I read it

And I have a feeling I know exactly
what he means.

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Response to greytdemocrat (Reply #10)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:43 AM

11. I'm not sure you do. He means, "Hey despotic leaders in Africa who have been in office forever. Step

 

down"

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Response to stevenleser (Reply #11)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:44 AM

12. Why waste a perfect opportunity to call Obama arrogant?

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Response to sufrommich (Reply #12)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:46 AM

13. Right? But we're the assholes because they and Bernie are receiving criticism for the first time and

 

they can't deal. While we have dealt with this crap for 6+ years.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10027017090#post12

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Response to stevenleser (Reply #11)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:50 AM

15. We are all entitled to our OPs

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Response to greytdemocrat (Reply #15)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:52 AM

16. You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. His meaning was obvious. nt

 

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Response to stevenleser (Reply #16)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:09 AM

23. You are more right than you know. nt

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Response to sufrommich (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:55 AM

36. Ha

Clearly NOT

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Response to greytdemocrat (Reply #8)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:58 AM

19. You're using loaded language in your post

You know that, right?

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Response to Politicub (Reply #19)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:30 AM

26. I'm sure the poster chose the language deliberately.

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Response to greytdemocrat (Reply #8)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:31 AM

28. what's 'arrogant' about a politician standing by his record and believing

 

it's supported by the voters?

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Response to greytdemocrat (Reply #8)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 07:20 PM

58. You have no clue as to what President Obama is like.

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Response to greytdemocrat (Reply #8)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 08:41 PM

64. The reason for the 2 term limit is b/c Rs freaked out massively over FDR

popular & effective is troublesome to them

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:46 AM

14. But, but, isn't that what Jade Helm 15 is all about?

Once the invasion of Texas is complete and the interment camps are full, Obama can declare Martial Law
and the coup will be complete.
I know a couple of people who actually believe that.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:54 AM

17. Joe could do it

Go for it (Obama) Biden round three.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 09:59 AM

20. And I would gladly vote for him a third time, if I could

But at the end of the day, I think term limits are a good thing.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:21 AM

24. I think he's correct

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:22 AM

25. damn right.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:33 AM

29. Of course he could. Then again, Bill Clinton would have crushed George W Bush. nt

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:40 AM

31. Yep, and I'd be throwing in for him again.

 

quite happily. He's been the most effective president in many decades.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:54 AM

35. Ouch. Hillary would come in second again?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:59 AM

37. What a shame term limits aren't for

asses like Boner and the turtle.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 11:01 AM

38. I read the entire statement. I understand what he's saying.

And I still wish he hadn't said it. The paranoid racist right is going to get mileage out of this.....

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Response to Paladin (Reply #38)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 11:10 AM

42. So what? What can they do to him at this point? nt

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Response to sufrommich (Reply #42)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 11:12 AM

44. It's not him I'm worried about. (nt)

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Response to Paladin (Reply #38)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 11:40 AM

47. Obama said it very well: Even if you think you can continue effectively, leave office at end of term

Nonetheless the paranoid left is already in this thread getting mileage out of this. Whaddya gonna do?

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Response to Hekate (Reply #47)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 07:24 PM

59. Yeah, they'll have their snipes.. they always have for 7 years and counting.. but, it means nothing.

President Obama is popular.. he's a great President and he could win again. Ha.

Too bad for them.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 11:07 AM

41. Just get Joe Biden to make his announcment! Then all is good

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 11:10 AM

43. Shocking

Some of the comments here are shocking. I voted for PBO (twice) campaigned for him ( twice). I think he is the greatest president in modern history. My posts, on this or any site, support my position.
That being said, I would never ask or want any president, no matter how good, to serve a third term. It is a violation of law and our core values that reject the concept of a king or dictator. I only wish those values extended to members of congress..

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 11:39 AM

46. I think he said just to make Republican heads explode

Seriously - you know that sound bite is going to be playing non-stop on conservative media as evidence that Obama wants to be a dictator. They will be so focused on Obama they won't have time to spend on the Hillary and Bernie

I bet he is laughing his ass off

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Response to nadine_mn (Reply #46)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 12:41 PM

54. I'm with you

I love when he trolls those assholes.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 12:14 PM

49. Republicans: Obama To Defy Constitution, Run For Third Term

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 12:23 PM

50. As somebody,not me, must have said,

" I love the smell of Republican heads exploding in the morning".

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Response to jomin41 (Reply #50)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 12:42 PM

55. That was Robert Duvall, a republican by the way, but you already knew that. Good actor though

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Response to still_one (Reply #55)

Thu Jul 30, 2015, 01:53 AM

69. Was a Republican. Duvall left the GOP after 2008 when they went off the deep end...

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #69)

Thu Jul 30, 2015, 02:40 AM

70. Interesting, thanks

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 12:40 PM

52. He is right, on both counts, and in spite of detractors inside and out, I believe history will view

him as one of the greats

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 12:45 PM

56. rwnj headline: OBAMA RUNNING FOR UNCONSTITUTIONAL THIRD TERM!

anything to keep the panic level high...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 05:41 PM

57. Not so sure... If he still played the Fast Track and TPP cards not as a lame ducker...

 

Maybe he would have held off until 2016 for that, but even then, perhaps he might have gotten primaried. I think even if he did run, if he had pushed through TPA and TPP like he has, he'd get a lot of resistance this time around! And I think many of us wanting prosecution for banksters will say "Holder it! Time's up! Time to put some of these bums in prison, not grease your way to the revolving door when you leave later".

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 07:31 PM

61. Yeah, President Obama would win again.. I don't care how much "tpp" is trotted out.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 08:36 PM

62. He would not get my vote. n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 08:39 PM

63. i would love it if he was

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 10:03 PM

65. I would gladly vote for him again if I could!

So would a lot of other people, He promised change and is one of those rare politicians who actually delivers.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2015, 12:10 AM

67. Bet his saying that chapped a few asses.

lol

I like it when conservatives get their panties in a wad.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2015, 01:16 AM

68. True dat. I don't trust polls and the msm which is why I think Obama's election

speech was held in a stadium so that the numbers of supporters could not be denied, contested
or distorted by anyone.

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