Obama Confident He Could Win a Third Term: Is He Prophesying?

President Obama told African leaders he believes he would win a third term.
President Obama told African leaders he believes he would win a third term. (Reuters)

Barack Obama told African leaders that he thinks he would win a third term if given the chance to run again. 

"I actually think I'm a pretty good president—I think if I ran, I could win—but I can't!" Obama said.

But since 1951, a Congressional law has prohibited any person from taking more than two four-year terms. Obama, however, has a track record for bypassing Congress and issuing executive orders

In 2015 alone, the president has issued 13 decrees addressing everything from North Korea to cyber security to court-martialing. 

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With this summer's Operation Jade Helm—a massive military training exercise across the southwest—questions arise about the commander in chief's intentions in office, and if he plans to vacate or declare another executive order giving himself power over the American people. 

Even the Washington Post picked up on the rumblings of Obama's potential martial law and the theories behind the exercises.

"The idea there was that this was an American response to the imminent start of World War III, since 'drills are always the way that operations are designed to position men and materials ahead of an operation,'" The Post's Philip Bump wrote earlier this month. 

Concerned parties dig into executive orders passed as far back as 2012 to make the connection between Obama and martial law, which is Constitutionally approved under Article 1, Section 9

Conservative commentators remain skeptical, claiming Obama's recent Iran Deal is part of his plan to secure more time in the White House.

"What if Obama isn't looking to his 'legacy'?" writes commentator Alan Keyes. "What if the threat of nuclear devastation he helps to arm with this agreement (an America-hating Iran with nuclear bombs) is to be brandished, along with a related threat from ongoing terrorist uprisings on U.S. soil, to create the exigent circumstances needed to justify imposing martial law throughout the United States and a plausible excuse for demanding that Obama remain in office until the emergency passes?"

While martial law may sound extreme, a potential Obama third term has not escaped the minds of his fellow Democrats. Just take these words from Vice President Joe Biden:

"Those seeking to lead the nation should protect and defend and run, yes run, on what we've done; own what we have done. Stand for what we have done, acknowledge what we have done, and be judged on what we have done. ... Some say that would amount to a third term of the president. I call it sticking with what works and what we ought'a do."

However, while Obama does think he could win another term, he had some choice words for leaders who choose to stay in office. 

"The point is, I don't understand why people want to stay so long. Especially when they've got a lot of money," Obama says. "And sometimes you'll hear a leader say 'I'm the only person who can hold this nation together.' If that's true, then that leader has failed to truly build their nation."

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