Since Barack Obama assumed office as the 44th president of the United States, conspiracy theories flew thick and fast that he would do everything in his power not only to be re-elected for a second term – but stay on for a third term.
Among the various scenarios posited by these political analysts ranged from the chief executive stirring up a “national emergency” that would give him a reason to cancel the upcoming US presidential elections, to declaring martial law that would allow him to suspect the Constitution.
On the other hand, there are those who have put forward the idea that Barack Obama would – hold your horses – supposedly modify the Constitution and pave the way for him to gain a third term in office.
But the most intriguing and, shall we say, most controversial among these conspiracy theories was the one suggested by the outrageous and highly-unreliable WND website wherein the first African-American president would allegedly delay the indictment of presumed president-elect Hillary Clinton, according to Snopes.
“[T]here is another possibility, even more sinister, perhaps. Suppose — just suppose now — that Obama is hedging his bets,” WND said. “What if he is actually using this FBI and this Injustice Department to do a real investigation intended to maintain his position as president?”
However, Snopes was quick to debunk this scenario, as it explained that the U.S. Constitution does not contain any provision, which states that a person who is under indictment can’t run for, be elected to, or hold the office of president of the United States.
Furthermore, Barack Obama’s term of office will effectively end on Jan. 20, 2017, and therefore it doesn’t make any sense if a duly-elected successor is on hand to assume the presidency, and much more, for him to remain for a third term.
In the meantime, the 55-year-old president, speaking at a recent event in Africa, told the crowd that he could run for a third term in office and win, but quickly added that he was not inclined to do so, according to Forbes.
But the actual barriers that prohibit Barack Obama from running for a third term are actually flimsy – the unusual wording of the Constitution’s Amendment XXII, which says: “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice . . . .”