ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) – Could President Barack Obama win a third term in office? He’s convinced that he could — if he were allowed to do so.
Speaking in Ethiopia today, Obama urged African leaders to leave office peacefully after their terms expire.
As for his own situation, Obama said, “I actually think I’m a pretty good president.” He said, “I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t!”
Obama’s comments urging a peaceful transition of power in Africa come as lawmakers in Rwanda consider removing presidential term limits from the country’s constitution. That could allow the current president of Rwanda to extend his rule beyond two terms. In Burundi, the country’s president was just elected to a third term even though he is limited to two terms by the country’s constitution.
Obama says, “When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife.”
He says he’s fine with leaving office after two terms — and that he’s looking forward to leaving behind the trappings of office, including his security detail, and having more flexibility to do things like travel to Africa.