On January 20th, many celebrated the fact that Barack Obama’s time in elected office had come to an end. Since then, President Obama has remained fairly quiet, opting to take some time away from Washington as the new administration works to undo his legacy.
Of course, not everyone was happy that Obama was leaving power. In fact, there’s a group trying to persuade him to run for office again. Thankfully, the group isn’t located in the United States.
From The Hill:
A group of voters in France is urging former President Obama to run in the French presidential election this spring.
“At a time when France is about to vote massively for the extreme right, we can still give a lesson of democracy to the planet by electing a French President, a foreigner,” the French website for “OBAMA17” reads, ABC News first reported on Thursday.
The group has reason to be worried. Right-wing politics have been sweeping across Europe. In the UK, the British people voted to leave the European Union shortly after elected a conservative government. In France and Germany, polls show that right-wing parties could be on the verge of stunning victories in this year’s elections.
Evidently, progressives in France think Barack Obama is the solution to their problem. Why? Well, because he’s so qualified of course:
“[It’s] because he has the best resume in the world,” the site, which is not connected with Obama, continues.
ABC said OBAMA17 posters have been spotted across Paris, and the group’s website has a petition begging Obama to enter the race.
Perhaps the French haven’t examined Obama’s record close enough if they think he is the most qualified in the world. After all, the French economy is already in decline, a problem President Obama just made worse in the United States. If the French count weak economic growth as a qualification, perhaps he really is the guy for the job. If the French want a president who will destroy their healthcare system, perhaps there’s no one more qualified.
Fortunately for the rest of France, French law does not allow a foreign national to run for office:
The group is jockeying for 1 million signatures, even though Obama is not French and France requires its presidential candidates to be natives.
It looks like their dream of an Obama presidency in France will never come true. Although that is sure to disappoint the group, his record here shows they likely dodged a bullet.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]