As allegations of potential collusion between President Donald Trump’s election campaign and Russian agents continue to foster uncertainty about the current White House administration, admirers of Barack Obama took to Twitter to express their longing for the former president.
On Wednesday morning, hot on the heels of Donald Trump Jr.’s potentially damning revelations regarding alleged collusion with Russians, Twitter users begged for the return of former President Obama with the hashtag: #BringBackObama.
According to a report by the International Business Times, Michael Skolnik is the originator of the trending hashtag. Skolnik, co-founder of The Soze Agency, is no stranger to being the father of viral hashtags, having previously been responsible for creating #ObamaAndKids, a hashtag celebrating, you guessed it, the impact Obama had on America’s children.
Using #BringBackObama, Skolnik encouraged Tweeps to share their most cherished memories of Obama while he was in office. The apparent longing for Obama might allude to his supporters’ nostalgia for a presidency that was mostly scandal free.
Some recent polls revealed that Barack Obama’s public popularity has not decreased since leaving office. In fact, according to a Public Policy poll conducted in February, Obama was more popular than Trump, despite the latter being the current president.
I really miss Barack Obama as our President.
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) July 11, 2017
Skolnik then tweeted: “Favorite pic of Obama? Tag #BringBackObama and I will RT my favorites.”
Unfortunately, Section I of the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution expressly forbids a third term for Obama. It says: “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.”
Despite this legal hurdle, Obama supporters have not been dissuaded from trying their luck at securing another presidential stint for their beloved leader. Some even went so far as to create a Change.org petition in January this year, requesting Congress to repeal the 22nd Amendment.
Nevertheless, Twitter users seized the opportunity to show some love for Obama. Below are a few of the most enthusiastic #BringBackObama contributions.
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) July 12, 2017
— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) July 12, 2017
Chandler Spaulding tweeted a heartwarming image of Obama gently touching his forehead to a little girl in a crowd. Spaulding wrote: “@MichaelSkolnik one of my favorites #BringBackObama.”
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) July 12, 2017
— Katie (@kmwalsh82) July 12, 2017
— Sam Willey????️???? (@SamWiseSW) July 8, 2017
— MST3Katie (@MST3Katie) July 12, 2017
— Denise (@eurodpt) July 12, 2017
But wait, maybe Michelle Obama will run for office? Nope. During an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2016, the former first lady was emphatic about not wanting to run for president, choosing instead to enjoy her life with her family.
“This is hard, it’s a hard job. When you run, your kids lives stop. The next family that comes in here, every person in that family – every child, every grandchild – their lives will be turned upside down in a way that no American really understands.”
So for now, if you happen to miss Obama as much as the other folks in this article, add your thoughts and memories to #BringBackObama on Twitter, or comment below.
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