Barack Obama: "I think if I ran again I could win"
President Obama told reporters and members of the African Union that if he could run for a third term, he thinks he could win while at the same time asking for African leaders to adhere to term limits in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday.
I actually think I’m a pretty good president. I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t. There’s a lot that I’d like to do to keep America moving, but the law’s the law.
Obama's quip was made during a historic speech, the first of its kind made by an American president before the African Union. He contrasted American politics with that of African leaders who hold onto power for several years, only leaving either because of political coups or from dying of old age, specifically noting President Pierre Nkurunziza who won a third term in Burundi's recent election.
Obama concluded his speech with the freedoms that he'll gain once he turns the keys over to America's future 45th president, which include long walks, spending more time with his family, and naturally future trips to Africa.
President Obama's full speech is on CNN.com.
FACTS ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL TERM LIMITS
Americans are limited to two four-year terms. However, there are no such rules when it comes to Vice Presidents. The eligibility of former Presidents running for Vice President is unclear.
Russians meanwhile have unlimited two consecutive six-year terms, which means that a candidate could serve in office for 12 years, take a break and still be eligible to President again.
Algeria, Cambodia, Japan, and Singapore are just a few countries that have no presidential term limits.