Obama admits he’d be ‘fine’ with controlling a ‘front-man’ behind the scenes
Many Americans have suspected that a Biden presidency will simply be a third term for former President Barack Obama who is allegedly calling the shots behind the scenes. It’s one thing to think it, however, and another for Obama to creepily allude to it out loud. In a segment on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Obama appears to do just that.
He told Colbert about how he could’ve possibly extended his administration to a third term.
“I used to say if I can make an arrangement where I had a stand-in or 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 while someone was doing all the talking and ceremony, I’d be fine with that because I found the work fascinating,” Obama quipped.
Obama said that after admitting there are aspects of the job that he misses. He was promoting his new memoir A Promised Land when the admission took place. The book, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies, takes readers on a deep dive into the president’s rise in politics and his eight years in office. It is a weighty tome that is 753 pages long.
The former president evidently no longer feels he needs to stay mum on what or who should be in charge of the presidency. Although it would not be constitutional or legal, he explained that a third term would be one way to achieve the level of satisfaction and excitement he experienced while in charge.
“Even on my worst days, I found puzzling out these big complicated, difficult issues, especially if you were working with some great people, to be especially professionally, really satisfying,” he said.
During the interview, Colbert and Obama discussed the transition of power and the current administration. Neither mentioned President Trump by name. The two joked and chuckled that Obama could have learned what not to do by watching Trump’s work ethic.
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“I think there’s a lot, follow the Constitution,” Obama laughed.
While he expressed some discontent with the current White House administration, Obama, echoing sentiments expressed by Al Gore, shared admiration and excitement for the new generations of change-makers, saying that GenX-ers should “get out of the way.” He seems to anoint those such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the new leadership of the left.
“They’re smarter than we were, they’re more sophisticated, they’re kinder, they’re environmentally more conscious,” he said. “They believe in stuff that maybe we gave lip service to but didn’t always want to live out because it required some sacrifice. You see them living out their commitments in really powerful ways.”
“This is not a third Obama term because we face a totally different world than we faced in the Obama-Biden administration,” Biden told NBC News. “President Trump has changed the landscape, it’s become ‘America First,’ which meant America alone.”
Biden has tapped a number of individuals for his administration who also served in the Obama White House. He said these people were selected because they represent the spectrums of both the American people and the Democratic Party.