Is Obama Worried About Assassination?

On Monday afternoon, President Barack Obama made an odd comment during his White House fiscal cliff statement:

I’m going to be president for the next four years. I hope.

Wondering just what Obama meant by this comment, Elspeth Reeve of The Atlantic wrote:

He was warning Republicans that, yes, they’d have to deal with him for a while. But it was, to be sure, a strange moment. Could he actually have been joking about assassination? About impeachment? The apocalypse? Or has everyone just had enough of these negotiations?

Barack ObamaMaybe Obama is worried about the future – we don’t know. But, it seems the media clung to this comment more than the laughing attendees or the jovial atmosphere in the room as the nation was teetering on the edge of a cliff, and about to fall over. It seems that President Obama really is making himself the center of attention, whether it’s by making us wondering about whether he fears assassination or by surrounding himself with people who laugh with glee in his presence.

Obama’s “idol” character would be well served by dropping its arrogance and actually leading.


  1. Of course Obama is worried about assassination. Most presidents in modern times have had this on their minds especially Democratic presidents. It’s that or the fear of the heat of being deposed on birther grounds.

  2. Maybe he’s thinking about the next Mayan prophecy. With his approval rating up I doubt he’s thinking he would be impeached. It’s definitely an odd comment.

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