President Barack Obama over the summer boasted during a trip to Africa that he could win a third-term if term limits didn’t bar him from running again, but on Sunday, he said he’s not yearning to stay in office.
Besides, First Lady Michelle Obama wouldn’t allow it, he said during a wide-ranging interview with CBS Sunday Morning.
He made the statement when asked if he would seek office if third terms were not barred under the 22nd Amendment: “No. I wouldn’t,” Obama said. “Number one, Michelle wouldn’t let me.”
From ABC News:
Obama has said in the past that he believes he could win again if he was allowed to run. While he is expected to push over the next year for a Democrat to again take the White House, Obama said there’s a point when an individual becomes more prone to making mistakes by getting comfortable in office.
“This is a process in which the office should be continually renewed by new energy and new ideas and new insights,” Obama said. “And although I think I am as good of a president as I have ever been right now, I also think that there comes a point where you don’t have fresh legs.”
Obama also said there “absolutely” are days when he wonders why he ever ran for the presidency, saying there are times when he gets “tired” and “frustrated.”
The president also acknowledged that at no other point in his life would he ever have “the chance to do as much good and make as much of a difference in the lives of people” as he does now.
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SOURCE: ABC News | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty