Recent poll results reveal Obama’s comments about winning a third term were not based on fact.
Monmouth University released results of a study that indicated 68% of the participants would vote for someone else if Obama was given authority to run for a third term. (source)
Obama, who spoke at an African Union in Ethiopia, was denouncing African leaders who refuse to leave office at the conclusion of their term, using the United States as an example – “I love my work, but under our constitution I cannot run again. I think I’m a pretty good president, I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t. The law is the law”.
“It’s no surprise that Obama would find little enthusiasm for another four years in the White House among Republicans (5%) or even independents (23%) at this stage, however, his support among Democrats is not particularly strong either – just 53% would back the incumbent for a third term while 43% of his fellow partisans would vote for somebody else” _Monmouth University Polling Institute
I applaud the president for pointing out African corruption, however – unless Obama meant he’d win without an election, it is clear that his prediction about hypothetically winning a third term was based on overconfidence as opposed to fact.