Skip to main content

Obama Says He 'Could Win' Third Term If He Ran


During a speech in Ethiopia on Tuesday, President Obama said he could win a third term if he ran for president again.

“I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” he said in his speech before the African Union. “I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t.”

Obama spoke to what his life will be like outside of the Oval Office once his presidency ends in January 2017. 

“I'll be honest with you, I'm looking forward to life after being president," he said. "I won't have such a big security detail all the time..

“It means I can go take a walk, I can spend time with my family, I can find other ways to serve, I can visit Africa more often." 

The President also spoke to the issue of world leaders staying in power after their term limits end, saying he doesn’t understand why some are so insistent on doing so.

“The point is I don't understand why people want to stay so long. Especially when they've got a lot of money,” he said. “When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife, as we've seen in Burundi.”

Obama’s comment on Burundi was in reference to its president Pierre Nkurunziza, who won a third term this month despite many deeming it unconstitutional.

Sources: CNN, ABC News

Photo credit:, WikiCommons


Popular Video