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Obama thinks he will be president for the next "8 to 10 years"

Oh my. If you don't believe me, watch the video:

I'm praying that he simply misspoke. No one who is a constitutional scholar could possibly be so ignorant of the details in the 22nd amendment, particularly this part:

Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice

If you're planning on voting for president in the general election this November, the Anchoress has a couple of tests to help you determine your knowledge on civics. It can only help for all of us Americans to brush up on our founding documents.

That means you, too, Senator Obama.

Hat tip: Stop the ACLU


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Comments (23)

Yah, Im sure it'll take him... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Yah, Im sure it'll take him 8-10 yrs so he can socialize all 57 states, plus the 1 he hasnt been to, and, Alaska and Hawaii.

To be fair, I think the onl... (Below threshold)
CR:

To be fair, I think the only thing you can read into this is that BHO's mount went on autopilot (again), disconnected from his brain and came out with yet another whopper. Looks like he just cannot help himself when he is speaking without rehearsing prior. I don't think he expects to either repeal presidential term limits or that he will remain diplomatically significant following any term in office.

That said, this fellow is going to make GWB look like the king of erudition if he goes all the way.

I commented on another site... (Below threshold)
RicardoVerde:

I commented on another site that Obama is the most unqualified serious candidate in my lifetime. Upon a little more reflection, I believe I can't say that for sure. What I should say is I see no tangible evidence that Obama is in any way qualified to be president. He says whatever the writers have for him today and will say the opposite in a few weeks when it becomes obvious the first was wrong, and who are we to divert him from the chosen path? It's going to be a long eight or ten years in these 57 states.

I think you have to use tha... (Below threshold)

I think you have to use that new-fangled Democratic math. You see, you count this year, after the election. Then you count two terms. That makes nine. Then for the tenth year, you count part of January 2017, before the inauguration. That's ten. Leave it to the Dems to stretch everything out of proporation.

He needs to get that damn m... (Below threshold)

He needs to get that damn mouth autopilot fixed before he really does himself an injury...

I wouldn't read nearly that... (Below threshold)
thecomputerguy:

I wouldn't read nearly that much into what he said.

I'm no BHO fan, but he could easily be dealing with those people for "the next 8-10 years" - and here's how.

He is assuming that he wins the presidency (incidentially, I am full of hope that he does NOT), and gets re-elected, even after 2 terms, he could still have dealings with foreign leaders after his presidency. Look at Carter.

The 8-10 years is probably talking about the specific people he'd be dealing with - that THEY would be the people to deal with for the next 8-10 years, not him.

I don't see this as much of a gaff, as just a statement that could be intrepreted more than one way. Give the guy a break, this isn't worth making hay over.

Is that the video you meant... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Is that the video you meant to provide?

You said Senator Obama thinks he'll be president for the next 8 to 10 years and then provided a video but nothing in that video proves your statement -- he says "people I expect to be dealing with for the next 8 - 10 years."

That's not the same thing as thinking you'll be president for a 10 year period.

Honest mistake I'm sure.

The only mistake Adrian wou... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

The only mistake Adrian would be to cast a vote for this pretender. You can make all the excuses in the world, but this man does not seem to have a grasp on reality. He is talking as if he is the President. His is not even officially the Democratic nominee. Do you hate America so badly you would advocate Obama for President based on what he says as opposed to what he has done? Look at his resume. It is not his ego inflated judgement I am concerned about. He has no experience to make any qualified judgement. His only claim to fame is his being against the Iraq war, and that judgement was not based upon intelligence it was based upon his politics. What is it about Saddam Hussein and his two sons Obama would have left to work their will in Iraq and elsewhere?

Adrian, computerguy, ex-pre... (Below threshold)

Adrian, computerguy, ex-presidents have NO formal role in governance, and -- excluding Carter and Clinton -- have had the good grace to quietly retire and NOT meddle in the affairs of their successors. (OK, John Quincy Adams and William Howard Taft also stayed involved in governance, but they at least had the sense to do so from another federal office -- Adams in the House and Taft from the Supreme Court.)

If Obama is planning on remaining a factor in governance after he's exhausted his Constitutionally-limited two terms, then he's got NO business running for president.

J.

Obama is still thinking lik... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Obama is still thinking like a typical Chicago pol, where once you get in office you can stay for as long as you like.

He figures 8-10 years will gain him a sweet little 'library' fund for him and Michelle to live off of the rest of their and their kids' lives.

Obama is the essence of arr... (Below threshold)
Razorgirl:

Obama is the essence of arrogance. And as for Jimmy and Billy, ex-presidents should be seen and not heard. The ONLY official function of an ex-president is to attend the funerals of other ex-presidents.

Well, technically he could ... (Below threshold)
Meezle:

Well, technically he could serve just under 10 years --- but only if he was originally the VP and the President he served under left office within the first two years of his term:


Amendment XXII
Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.

Granted, I hardly think this is what Obama was thinking.

Obama never said he'd be Pr... (Below threshold)
diogenes:

Obama never said he'd be President for 10 years. Dealing with people can extend past the end of a President's term(s) in office. Just because nobody will take W's calls when he leaves office in January 2009 is no reason to believe that life ceases upon leaving the White House.

If you're really worried about candidate misstatements, how about this beauty from McCain on "Good Morning America" on July 21. When questioned about the seriousness of the situation in Pakistan, McCain replied: "We have a lot of work to do, and I'm afraid that it's a very hard struggle, particularly given the situation on the Iraq-Pakistan border."

Exactly, Senator McCain. The first struggle will be to try to find the Iraq-Pakistan border, which doesn't exist since the two countries don't border on one another.

Maybe one of them is near Czechoslovakia, Senator McCain? You've been commenting how Russia has been hassling Czechoslovakia (twice last week) when Czechoslovakia hasn't existed in 15 years.

And McCain can't understand the difference between Sunnis and Shias, even when Joe Lieberman practically crawled inside McCain's ear, trying to explain the difference.

Obama got an undergrad degree from Columbia University and a law degree, magna Cum Laude, from Harvard Law School. McCain finished 894 in a class of 899 at the Naval Academy.

Anyone have any luck findin... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Anyone have any luck finding states 51-57?

Diogenes, I see you infest ... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Diogenes, I see you infest this site. I wonder how long Jay Tea will put up with you? Here is a litte insight for you, not that any reason gets through to you, Czechoslovkia existed. Name States number 51 through 57. You have misnamed thy self provaricator.

Oh, please, you people are ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Oh, please, you people are so ludicrous (especially Kim). If he'd said "the next 8 years", you'd still be yapping that January is 6 months away, so 8 years from now means he thinks two terms is only 7.5 years.

So instead of saying "who I expect to be dealing with... umm... let's see... for the next 6 months, and then 8 years, and then perhaps some months after that" he said "8-10", which as others have noted is entirely realistic, and "10" correctly describes the number of years between 2008-2017, inclusive.

None of which supports your invention that he thinks he'll be president for 10 years.

If this is the worst you can say about Obama, he'll have an easy time taking on John "Is Checkoslovakia near the Iraq-Pakistan border?" McCain.

Yes, this is probably just ... (Below threshold)
Robin Goodfellow:

Yes, this is probably just a simple misstatement or maybe even just poor wording. Nevertheless, had Bush, or even McCain, said the exact same words the burden of proof in the popular media would be turned around 180 degrees. What's good for the goose...

Brian, your cowardly hero i... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Brian, your cowardly hero is afrain to appear on stage with McCain. He is afraid to debate him and he is incapable of giving a rational speech without a teleprompter. Obama will not appear on any news program that has any reputation for asking tough questions. Obama is not taking questions from foreign reporters while he is on this trip. Obama is a lie. The sooner you realize that the sooner you can leap from a tall building.

You're right, Zitsdorf, Cze... (Below threshold)
diogenes:

You're right, Zitsdorf, Czechslovakia did exist -- 15 years ago. But the fact that McCain hasn't grasped that reality yet is disturbing. A presidential candidate who cannot tell the difference between Shias and Sunnis is more than problematic. McCain simply doesn't understand what's going on in the world anymore. He's as confused as.... as... you are, Zitsdorf.

Hey, dogfeces (I'm sorry, "... (Below threshold)

Hey, dogfeces (I'm sorry, "diogenes"), there was a Czechoslovakia for a very, very long time. And it's really, really annoying that we have two countries whose names are separated by a single letter exist right next to each other -- I've lost count of how many times I've typed "Iran" for "Iraq" and vice versa. Hell, Obama doesn't even know what states border the state he represents in the Senate -- he said Kentucky is closer to Arkansas than Illinois.

Had Obama said "next eight years or so," then he would have been on safer ground. But no, he had to keep talking, as is his wont, and he dug himself right into yet another hole, as is his wont.

J.

Yeah, right, Jay. As if Kim... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Yeah, right, Jay. As if Kim wouldn't have been all over "or so" just the same. I can see it now...

"or so"???!!! "or so"???!!! Where does it say "or so" in the Constitution???!!!

Puh-lease.

McCain do not know where is... (Below threshold)
halley:

McCain do not know where is is most of the time and he don't know that iraq and afghanistan do not share a border. and we want this weasel to lead the fight against terrorism?

Oh brother, all you neocons... (Below threshold)
ormolu611:

Oh brother, all you neocons keep saying is how little experience Obama has. Well, I for one have seen him successfully illustrate how good his judgement is. He has been dancing around everything that you guys throw at him without missing a beat. Mccain goaded him into traveling abroad, then was tiffed that Obama cooly and effortlessly fit the presidential mold...oops. Then came the desperate attacks.

Obama would be a fool to have accepted all of McCain's debate challenges. Why should he? So mcSame can bog down Obama's campaign and keep him off of the road? Please. Obama is too smart. His campaign has been run expertly and flawlessly, while McCain constantly flounders and contradicts himself nonstop. McCain's new campaign manager had to recently put a stop to McCain's frequent little press meetings, since he was saying things that were proving to complicate things for himself. Clueless I tell you....and this is the guy you want to lead us out of the hole that Bush has put us in? Obama even with his thin resume is way more attractive than the weak candidate that McCain is...




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