The 2016 presidential race has just been thrown into complete chaos now that President Barack Obama has announced his run for a third term. The shocking news is being denounced by Republicans as just another unconstitutional Obama power grab.
“Obama likes to pass himself off as a constitutional scholar but he must not have heard of the 22nd Amendment,“ said Republican presidential candidate, Ted Cruz. “The 22nd Amendment states, in short, ‘No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice.”
Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump, has threatened to sue Obama over his announced candidacy. “I will take this case all the way to the Supreme Court, if I have to,” warned Trump. “The man is out of control. He must be stopped!”
When asked under what authority he is seeking a third term, President Obama answered, “As Commander in Chief, I have extraordinary emergency powers. As a country, we are currently at war … with ourselves. In is my job to do everything within my power to restore order. A third term would do just that.”
“Did you know that there is legal precedent for my action?” asked Obama. “President Franklin Delano Roosevelt invoked emergency powers when he issued an order directing that all Japanese Americans residing on the West Coast be placed into internment camps during World War II. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld that order in Korematsu v. United States.”
There is no doubt the Supreme Court will be asked to weigh in on the President’s bold move. But with the current make up of the Supreme Court now stuck at eight, a 4-4 decision is not out of the question. Such a deadlock would allow the President to go forward with his candidacy.
Democrats cannot contain their joy over a possible Obama third term.
“President Obama will win in the biggest landslide in presidential politics no matter who the Republicans decide to run against him,” said an excited Obama supporter. “Trump, Cruz, Romney, Ryan, The Tooth Fairy, it won’t make a difference.”
Hillary Clinton is not taking the news well. In fact, she is beside herself with anger.
“I’ve been betrayed!” Clinton bellowed. “We had a deal. The nomination was mine in 2016. Alright, my negatives are high, but I know I can win this for the Democrats.”
Bernie Sanders heard the distressing news while still in Rome. The Vermont senator took a more measured stance.
“It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world,” said Sanders. “In spite of what Hillary and everyone else thinks, I have great respect for our President. But you know what, at the end of the day, I still think I can win this thing!”
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