(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama said in a jocular speech on Tuesday evening that it would be “unconstitutional” for him to seek a third term as president.
He also said: “This has never been about me.”
“Our system only works when we recognize that the government is not something separate--it’s us. It’s not some foreign entity,” Obama said in a speech at a Democratic National Committee event held at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York. “It is an expression of our values collectively and who we are and what we believe and what we care about. Justice Brandeis once said, ‘The most important office in a democracy is the office of citizen.’
“The office of citizen,” said Obama. “And that’s how change comes about, and that’s always been my message.
“As I enter into my last year in office, some supporters started getting nostalgic, and so we’ll take pictures and they’ll say, oh, Barack, I wish you could run another term. And I explain: No--first of all, not everybody says that.
“But I explain, A, it’s unconstitutional. George Washington set a good example,” said Obama. “B, Michelle would not permit it, even if it were constitutional. And, C, this has never been about me.”