President Barack Obama called on African leaders Tuesday to step aside when their term is up, just as he plans to do* at the end of his second term.
Buuut, Obama bein’ Obama, he just couuuldn’t leave it alone.
But, he added, he thinks he could win a third term if he ran.
“Under our Constitution, I cannot run again,” …. “I actually think I’m a pretty good president. I think if I ran I could win. But I can’t.
Sure, he was just emphasizing the point, but what’s really sad is that I think he truly believes that,
and his fantasy can never be proved wrong.
[B]ut the law is the law, and no one person is above the law, not even the president.”
We may wanna quote you on that, not that it’ll make any difference,
being that the law now means whatever he wants it to mean.
However, the 22nd Amendment is pretty clear … and so is the Second.
Gotta admit, there was some good stuff in his speech;
but I don’t think he belied a word of it, not the traditional American meaning of those words.
I’m sure his audience didn’t.
One statement, in particular, amused me:
“Nobody should be president for life,” he added.
So, unfortunately, he turned what could have been an inspiring speech into an arrogant, hypocritical slap in face to his hosts.
On the other hand,
it was nice of him to make a visit to his ancestral village and to avoid lecturing his hosts on their deeply held moral principles, which would have painted them as backward as his American peasants.
* Re “Plans to do”: Not sure I’m comfortable with the editor’s phrasing. Sure, it may accurately reflect Obama’s true thinking, but “Has to do” more accurately reflects the speech’s words … and “has to do” would certainly ease my mind a mite.
Title cultural ref (as if I had to point it out; but, hey, a hundred years from now …)