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Dutchess_III's avatar

Could Obama run for president again?

Asked by Dutchess_III (41069points) 1 week ago

He won’t because Michelle would kill him, but could he run for president again?

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canidmajor's avatar

22nd Amendment.

rebbel's avatar

Of Kenia, maybe. ~

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

No, but he can be the Secretary General of the United Nations. Or he could be the Canadian Prime Minister. He also could be a Governor of a state. Or he could be a Supreme Court Justice. Michelle can run and Obama could be the first man.

hmmmmmm's avatar

Fortunately not.

gorillapaws's avatar

I guess I’m wrong, but I thought the term limits prevented consecutive terms, which would mean he would be eligible again. Edit: I am wrong.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@rebbel That sounded alt right?

JLeslie's avatar

No. Two term lifetime limit on the President.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Well. It wouldn’t be a “consecutive,” term. I’m not sure where that falls. Obama would curb stomp Trump, in almost every situation…

But, I still don’t want politician, having more than two terms, in office. Really, I don’t want ANY politicians, serving more than two terms…. Something Trump promised to enact, yet has done NOTHING about. He hasn’t drained the swamp, of any other than his own. He hasn’t (to my understanding,) pushed for term limits of ANY kind, anywhere else, either.

All he’s done, is cut taxes on the elite, cut environmental accountability, on large cooperations, and start a trade war. Am I missing something?

JLeslie's avatar

@MrGrimm888 Life time limit on the President of two terms consecutive or not.

President Clinton has spoken about being in favor of allowing more terms after a break, he was always clear to say that it wouldn’t apply to him, but to presidents going forward, but to date we haven’t changed the rule.

I just went to a lecture today and she talked about a Trump’s promise, that it was on his website as a prominent issue term limits, and it’s completely gone now.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Well….There you have it. Trump has proven that he won’t honor the trust of his marriage, the trust of his intelligence community, or that of his allies…

Sagacious's avatar

No, he has served two full terms. That’s it for him.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

It is not like Russia. Where Putin takes turns being President and Prime Minister for no limit.

JLeslie's avatar

Well, in America the President could run for a different office after being president. Not VP I guess, but he could run for the Senate or Governor or maybe be appointed to be part of the presidential cabinet. I’m not sure of the rules. Maybe not Speaker of the House either, since that’s 3rd in line? I don’t know.

Darth_Algar's avatar

@JLeslie

I believe that if a former POTUS who’s served two terms was later elected to the House and became Speaker of the House he would then simply be skipped over in the order of succession. At least that’s the thinking, but there’s no clear rule written one way or the other and no historical precedence to look to.

JLeslie's avatar

Interesting.

canidmajor's avatar

This is Section 1 of the 22nd Amendment of the Constitution, which indicates that a former two-term President could serve as POTUS for an additional two years (not elected) if a circumstance arose that would make it appropriate.

“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 President more than once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.”

Darth_Algar's avatar

@canidmajor

That circumstance is a moot point since it’s essentially a grandfather clause, and the President who was in office at the time of both the amendment’s proposal and ratification, Harry Truman, declined to run for another term.

Sagacious's avatar

@canidmajor The question is specifically about being “elected” to the office of president.

canidmajor's avatar

Yes, which I answered with my first post. I expanded on that by quoting Section 1 of the appropriate Amendment as the discussion expanded.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^I thought it was relevant information….

Yellowdog's avatar

Why would anyone WANT to re-elect Obama?

Dutchess_III's avatar

The vast majority of the country would love to see Obama again.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^Agreed. Especially after the current dumpster fire…

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Darth_Algar's avatar

I think the vast majority of the country would love to see just about any previous president after the current dumpster fire.

MrGrimm888's avatar

^Minus Cheney.

Dutchess_III's avatar

If Cheney meant no more trump, I’ll go with Cheney, too.
But they have to have Condeleza in there.

Yellowdog's avatar

I don’t think many would like to see the country the way it was in 2013–2015.

Remember we were told those jobs just weren’t coming back? That Obama didn’t know what kind of magic wand Trump had, but we could expect high unemployment, 1% or less economic growth, rising fuel prices and terrorism as the new normal? Remember the Ferguson and related national riots?
That was where our country was. No one wants to go back there.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@Yellowdog You listening to Rush again ? ?
I know you don’t have a college Economics degree. The snap of your hero’s fingers did not turn the economy around that all takes time; like 5 to 8 years.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Yeah. Obama inherited a mess, from the GOP. He began his presidency, at the beginning of a recession, and with the country in multiple military conflicts.

All he wanted to do, was protect the environment, and give healthcare to all of us. What a loser.~~~~

Dutchess_III's avatar

Don’t forget he wanted to take our guns, too. Couldn’t even get THAT done. What a loser.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I thought he was our greatest POTUS, in my lifetime.

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