Tea Party freaks and right wing militias can dial it down to Defcon 5 — President Obama hasn’t amassed a Kenyan brotherhood to take over the country and keep him in office for a third term. He’s not going to barricade himself in the Oval Office, refusing to come out on Inauguration Day. But the numbers garnered in a recent poll about a ‘hypothetical’ Obama third term in office might surprise you.
During his recent trip to Africa, while speaking at the African Union headquarters, the President joked about the possibility of a third term, stating,
I love my work, but under our Constitution, I cannot run again. I can’t run again. I actually think I’m a pretty good President. I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t.
Of course, the United States Constitution forbids any President from serving for more than two terms. One would hope that most citizens in the United States are aware of a little thing called the 22nd Amendment. However, even with this assumed knowledge, quite a number of registered voters thought it was a good idea to keep President Obama in office.
A poll released on August 10 by Monmouth University showed that 27% of registered voters would support a third term for Obama. When broken down by political affiliation, 53% of Democrats, 5% of Republicans and 23% of Independents would consider keeping the President in the Oval Office. 5% of Republicans??? Slap My A** and Call Me Sally! These numbers are surprising considering such an occurrence is NOT EVEN POSSIBLE.
The takeaway? These are pretty good numbers for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Conservatives are quick to malign her campaign as simply ‘more of the same,’ hoping to scare voters away. While moderate and independent voters are still making up their minds regarding her candidacy, a large number of registered Democrats have seamlessly shifted their support toward a Clinton Presidency.
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