During a speech to the African Union today, President Obama told the leaders there that he could probably run for a third term as president and win – even though it is against the law in America.
“I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” he said. “I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t.”
Obama added that he had a lot ideas he wanted to do to “keep America moving,” but that “the law is the law, and no one person is above the law, not even the president.”
Obama’s comments were made in context of his argument that term limits were a good thing and that “no one should be president forever.”
He joked that he wanted to return to his private life without the intrusions of a big security detail so that he could do things like visit Africa and spend time with his family.
“The point is I don’t understand why people want to stay so long,” he said as he grinned. “Especially when they’ve got a lot of money.”
Obama advised against a leader changing election rules singlehandedly, explaining that it created instability, and was usually “the first step down a perilous path” for a government.
Leaders like Nelson Mandela and George Washington, he explained, earned their legacy by their willingness to give up power. He admitted that a country was better off when there was an opportunity for a new leader to step in for “new blood and new ideas.”
“I’m still a pretty young man, but I know that somebody with new energy and new insights will be good for my country,” he said.