Obama’s cryptic comments on a ‘third term’ sets off firestorm of speculation

Although U.S. presidents are limited to serving a maximum of two terms under the 22nd amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Barack Obama shared some possibly revealing thoughts about a theoretical scenario for remaining in power beyond eight years.

“I used to say if I can make an arrangement where I had a stand-in, a front-man or front-woman, and they had an earpiece in, and I was just in my basement in my sweats looking through the stuff, and I could sort of deliver the lines, but somebody else was doing all the talking and ceremony, I’d be fine with that,” Obama remarked about perhaps a stealth third term to a fawning Stephen Colbert on CBS’s The Late Show.

Obama may have just been joking, although it seems that both Obama and Joe Biden may have an affinity for hanging out in the basement. Recall that controversy also emerged during the 2020 debates about whether Biden was wearing an earpiece.

On a more serious note, Biden is already facing criticism that his initial cabinet choices are Obama-retreads. As things stand now, Biden’s inner circle, however that is defined, rather than the ex-VP himself, appears to be doing all the decision-making so the front-man appellation may apply.

Moreover, with Obama being so heavily dependent on a teleprompter during his presidency, it may seem ironic to some people that he would envision providing a script for someone else to deliver.



During the Colbert interview, which occurred in the context of a book tour, Obama implied that he missed the intellectual challenge of the job. “Even on my worst days, I found puzzling how these big, complicated, difficult issues, especially if you were working with some great people, to be especially professionally, really satisfying.”

Again, the 44th president may have just been trolling about running things from behind the scenes. After all, Barack Obama was appearing with a comedian, assuming the far-left Colbert still qualifies as one, but some Twitter users weren’t so sure. Here is a sample:



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