I have’ta also say that Africa’s democratic process is also at risk when leaders refuse to step aside when their terms end. Now. Now. Now, let me be honest with you. I do not understand this. I am in my second term. It is been an extraordinary privilege for me to serve as the President of the United States. I cannot imagine a greater honor or a more interesting job. I love my work. But under our Constitution (laughs), 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. So there’s a lot that I’d like to do to keep America moving, but the law is the law.” [Emphasis mine]
Forget the megalomania on display here. That’s incidental.
Focus on his explanation as to why he can’t run for a third term.
“But under our Constitution, I cannot run again.”
“The law is the law.”
Let me just give a stern Danger Will Robinson here.
Because if that argument sounds familiar, it should.
Remember all those times Obama assured everyone that he cannot defy the Constitution on Immigration?
“I am president, I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself. We have a system of government that requires the Congress to work with the Executive Branch to make it happen. I’m committed to making it happen, but I’ve got to have some partners to do it.”
“I swore an oath to uphold the laws on the books …. Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting. I promise you. Not just on immigration reform. But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.”
“I know some here wish that I could just bypass Congress and change the law myself. But that’s not how democracy works. See, democracy is hard. But it’s right. Changing our laws means doing the hard work of changing minds and changing votes, one by one.”
“I’m not a king. My job as the head of the executive branch ultimately is to carry out the law. When it comes to enforcement of our immigration laws, we’ve got some discretion. We can prioritize what we do. But we can’t simply ignore the law.”
In fact, Speaker Boehner’s website (of all places) lists all 22 times Barack Obama claimed he cannot act outside of the Constitution when it comes to Amnesty.
And what did he do?
He acted unilaterally.
So much for his commitment to follow the Constitution and his claim that “the law is the law.”
I wouldn’t put it past Obama to decide that he can run for a third term — either under the claim that none of the candidates meet his approval, or because the Democrats can’t seem to find somebody who fires up their voters, or because he fears for his “legacy.”
I doubt he’d be able to get away with it.
I think that move would spark even the flaccid, timid cowards in Congress to take action against him.
And the American people?
Holy crap. The uprising would be unimaginable.
But trust me. He wants to. Not because he is a great president.
But he’s got one honey of sweet deal here. Where else could a lazy, indifferent layabout with a constant fixation on self-gratification gain this kind of plush, powerful lifestyle without having to work for it? His own mansion, two private jumbo jets, a phalanx of security and servants, all the golfing he wants to play anywhere in the US — all expenses paid by us. Not to mention the biggest megaphone in the universe.
Obama is livin’ large on the taxpayer’s back and I doubt very highly he’s looking forward to its end.
Hat tip Washington Free Beacon.
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Books by Dianny:
RANT 2.0: Even More Politics & Snark in the Age of Obama,
Liberals Gone WILD!!! The Not-So-Silent Conquering of America,
RANT: Politics & Snark in the Age of Obama,
and two novels: Sliding Home Feet First and Under the Cloud