Is It Time to Invoke Section 4 of the 25th Amendment?

The Amendment reads as follows:

Amendment XXV

Section 1.

In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.

Section 2.

Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.

Section 3.

Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.

Section 4.

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

The question is raised by Charles Hurt in the Washington Times:

Has our president officially lost his ability to discharge the powers and duties of his office?

Anyone who listened to President Obama speak to reporters in Paris on Tuesday would reasonably conclude it is high time to start drawing up the papers to transmit to Congress for his removal.

If you are one of the millions and millions of literate Americans out there who have simply tuned this president out the past three or four years, that is certainly understandable. But if you tuned in to the long, rambling, empty press conference, you would have been truly alarmed.

Without the use of the teleprompter, his speech can be described only as “halting.” It was impossible to count the number of times he seized up, able to deaden the silence with only a drawn-out “uh,” “um” or “ahhh.”

The White House dutifully scrubbed all the halts and stutters from the official transcript, and it was impossible to count them in real time. But a sample of his incoherent word salad found him stuttering about every 15 words, which comes to more than 330 “uh-um-ahhs” in a single appearance.

This is not the same soaring speaker who inspired so many in 2008. This is a broken-down man who has lost the only gift he ever had. Hope and Change have been hijacked by Hopeless and Changed.

I am far from impartial in this, and thus will leave the answer to these questions to others.

Hat Tip: Ed Driscoll at Instapundit

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  • Hank_M

    Why? You think someone who would say that….

    “You go down to Miami, and when it’s flooding at high tide on a sunny day fish are swimming through the middle of the streets.

    ….has issues?

  • Sky__Captain

    Charles Hurt appears to presume that Barack Insane 0bama ever had the ability to discharge the powers and duties of the Presidency.

    After watching the SCOAMF for this long, I doubt he ever did.

  • iwogisdead

    obumble’s most brilliant decision (or that of his handlers) was picking Biden as VP. Any removal of obumble would give us President Biden. Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

  • Zelsdorf

    Biden may be the last choice, but nothing he could do would be as bad as what Obama has done. I want him tried for treason.

    • Doesn’t meet the tests of Article III Section 3.

      • iwogisdead

        It does meet the test for impeachment, but, again, President Biden?

        • Indeed it does. It would also result in loss of federal retirement benefits and a bar from any (non elected) office under the United States.

          • iwogisdead

            obumble won’t care about that. He thinks he can start getting those quarter-million per speech fees ala the Clintons. Maybe he can.

            Problem is, he has no influence to sell. Unless Michelle runs for office.

  • LiberalNightmare

    If 0bama has lost the ability to discharge his duties, and Biden never had the ability in the first place, then what?

  • retired military

    Obama could die in the middle of the state of the union and the dems would still prop him up in the oval office chair and swear he was alive, while they used cut and mashed up copies of his old speeches to prove it (who would know the difference as his speeches are all the same anyway.

    I want to see (not really but the results would be entertaining) Hillary in
    the middle of the 3rd debate stroke out. You could hear the dems talk about
    how she gave her life for the country and that you have to vote for her due to
    her sacrifice.

  • Garrett Patterson

    Figure the odds…