The US President Barack Obama thinks he ‘could win’ a third term in the White House, if term limits did not bar him from running in the 2016 presidential election.
In the speech made on Tuesday, July 28, before the African Union in Ethiopia, Obama said:
“I actually think I’m pretty good president, I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t.”
Yahoo reports that even though Obama is confident in his re-election abilities, he is more interested in life after the presidency.
“I’ll be honest with you, I’m looking forward to life after being president. I won’t have such a big security detail all the time,” Obama said.
“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,” he added.
The US president’s comments came as he explained that he does not understand the reason why a couple of leaders are insistent they remain in power when their term limit ends.
“The point is I don’t understand why people want to stay so long. Especially when they’ve got a lot of money.
“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.”
It is recalled that earlier this month, Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza won a controversial third term, which opponents called unconstitutional.
In advocating for term limits, Obama stressed that “old people think in old ways,” before making a joke about his own aging.
Amid laughter, the US President added: “You can see my gray hair, I’m getting old.”
It is worthy to note that President Obama made history on his latest visit in Africa, he became the first sitting US President to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. He also became the first US president to address the African Union on Tuesday – the culmination of a short tour of the region.
In Obama’s four-day tour, he visited both Kenya and Ethiopia. The US president challenged the leaders of both countries to clean up their governments to help attract investors.
Obama also stressed that human rights must be upheld, rights including and not limited to gay equality, and basic democratic freedoms.
The American leader returns to Washington on Wednesday, July 29.