President Barack Obama wasn’t shy during a speech presented in Ethiopa: “I’d win again,” he told the audience. The speech took place at the African Union in Addis Abada, and Obama was the first United States president to address the group specifically.
He was there to discuss and critique some African leaders who are being very reluctant to turn over power, but that didn’t stop him from letting his humor, or perhaps arrogance, sneak into the speech. He began talking about how he would like to run again, but he can’t because the Constitution doesn’t allow it.
“I actually think I’m a pretty good President. I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t.”
The statement was obviously an ad lib, since it didn’t have the same polished tone that all of his other speeches possess. He expressed his desire to continue the work he was doing with a little plug in for upholding the Constitution.
“There’s a lot that I’d like to do to keep America moving. But the law is the law, and no one person is above the law, not even the president.”
This remark was met by wild applause, but Obama went on, seeming to contradict himself. He mentioned how much he was looking forward to life after being president.
“I won’t have such a big security detail all the time. It means I can go take a walk. I can spend time with my family. I can find other ways to serve. I can visit Africa more often.”
Honestly, this entire section of the speech seemed like he was simply rambling, but he had a point. He was addressing the need for some of Africa’s leaders to move on from their position in power.
“Africa’s democratic progress is also at risk when leaders refuse to step aside when their terms end. Now let me be honest with you — I do not understand this….I don’t understand why people want to stay so long.”
Ultimately, the purpose of the speech was to address the idea that a leader needs to step down after a certain point and move on. He expressed his belief that it’s important to allow certain freedoms, and if the current leaders aren’t providing that, it’s time for them to move on.
But it will probably be awhile before Obama can live down his “I’d run again” speech. It’s less than ironic that this speech came at the exact same time as a new CNN poll that put Obama’s approval rating at two points above the disapproval rating.
He had a 49 percent approval and 47 percent disapproval rate, which is a bit of a jump for him since he’s had a pretty rocky presidency. It looks like the new approval rating may have gone to his head, since Obama clearly thinks that if he ran for a third term, he’d win again.
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