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:
Well, that is a bit chilling. But he warned us that he was going to bring a “fundamental change” to America.
— Lyn Powell (@vlynpowell) December 1, 2020
Like he ever delivered his own lines! Dude was a sock puppet
— James Pruitt (@jamesdeantx) December 1, 2020
Sounds like Joe is his man
— 🇱🇷 Sherri (@blueeye81512573) December 13, 2020
I said this all along. He never left.
— elisabeth chase (@hello_chase) December 1, 2020
— Steven Barnes (@s_barnes_) December 1, 2020
I was going to give him the benefit of a doubt but that line at the end “I’d be ok with that “ didn’t sound like a joke to me
— Perry (@Perry44308102) December 11, 2020
Why did they choose someone like Kamala who couldn’t bring any support to the ticket who had a 1% approval rating? Now we know. She is the other one on that ear piece taking orders
— Alex 🇺🇸 (@Alex____45) December 14, 2020
He’s telling us, like Joe Biden , what they’ve been doing all along, like the organization of the greatest election fraud task force. In plain sight, by their own words!
— Denise Dowhower. (@DeniseDowhower) December 14, 2020
ironically, both puppet and puppeteer were in their basement, in their sweats while they swindled the world out of it’s duly-elected president.
— camsterdam 🇺🇸🇳🇴 (@camsterdam) December 13, 2020
Its probably why he didn’t endorse Biden right away. Better to keep your distance publicly.
— Amber (@amberlina2379) December 13, 2020
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