Craig James Thinks Obama’s Going to Stay for Third Term

Craig James, a former sportscaster who now works as a spokesperson for the Family Research Council, took calls from several listeners while guest hosting for Tony Perkins claiming that Obama was going to refuse to leave the White House when his 2nd term is up. Rather than telling them that they’re completely full of shit, he agreed with them:

James told one caller, who alleged that the president will “have this country turned over to Islam” in his third term, that Obama does not believe in Jesus Christ.

When speaking to yet another caller who said Obama “will declare a state of emergency, he will do a third term if that’s what it takes to complete the conversion of this country,” James said the third-term conspiracy is “a concern of mine” and pledged to “pass a note along to Tony Perkins,” the president of the FRC, “on how we could escape that.”

“That would be horrible,” James said of third Obama term. “It’s not like we’d have Ronald Reagan staying in office for another year or so while we’re in a state of emergency. It’s not like we’d have someone who really cares about you and me. We’re talking about someone who is there in that office as the leader of the free world, the United States of America, who doesn’t get it. That’s the concern. It fires me up, the thought that the guy can stick around in that office beyond a year and three-quarters. He’s got to be gone. We will follow up on that.”

Hey Craig, I’ll bet you any amount of money you want on it. Or how about this: If Obama stays past inauguration day in 2017, I’ll pay you $10,000. If he doesn’t, you shut the fuck up. Forever.

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  • scienceavenger

    Craig James, the last great white tailback. Sounds like you took a few too many knocks to the noggin Craig, might want to join those lawsuits against the NFL, your higher brain functions have clearly been affected.

  • busterggi

    “It’s not like we’d have Ronald Reagan staying in office for another year ”

    Thank Cthulhu that didn’t happen!

  • John Pieret

    pledged to “pass a note along to Tony Perkins,” the president of the FRC, “on how we could escape that.

    Don’t worry Craig … I have a secret plan for how to escape that! Here’s what you do … bide your time and then, on January 20, 2017, send all your followers to Washington, D.C. … to watch Obama hand over the presidency to the next president.

  • Sastra

    Worries about a “third term” is for pikers. The real conspiracy theorists are already on to predicting Obama declaring himself KING OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER.

  • kantalope

    If y’all will send me notes for tony, along with $9.99. I can guarantee that muslim atheist in the oval office will move right along after the next election.

  • dugglebogey

    So if Ronald Reagan violates the constitution to take over the country, that would be just fine?

    What. The. Fuck?!

  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    It’s not like we’d have Ronald Reagan staying in office for another year or so

    Yet another example of how it’s okay if a Republican does it. God forbid a Democrat attempt such a stunt—especially in Obama’s case, since he’s the Anti-Christ. (Or something like that.)

  • matty1

    If Ronald Reagan rises from the grave the US constitution will be the least of your worries.

  • caseloweraz

    Of course Obama is going to stay in the White House. Once he’s destroyed the country (which he will do any day now, if he hasn’t already), it will be the only safe place for him — protected by a squad of the Muslims he secretly imported.

    Besides, then he can run through the place screaming, paint graffiti on the walls, install a tower with a muezzin…

  • Trebuchet

    Sadly, I recall exactly the same conspiracy theory from the other side about eight years ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Trebuchet @10:

    And before that, the same conspiracy theory was floated back in 2000.

    I am so looking forward to then of Obama’s term so that I can asked wingnuts about every conspiracy theory they’ve floated over these two terms and how stupid they feel that none of them have come true.

  • scienceavenger

    @10 False equivalence. When the Dems pull shit like this, it’s usually the fringes. When the GOP does it, it’s t he meanstream. Democrats certainly have their loonies, but they don’t run them for vice president.

  • John Pieret

    d.c.wilson:

    I can asked wingnuts about every conspiracy theory they’ve floated over these two terms and how stupid they feel that none of them have come true

    You’ll be disappointed. The Dunning-Kruger effect will ride to their rescue. And if Hillary is elected, they will be way too busy constructing new conspiracy theories to think about the old ones.

  • tubi

    @1

    Craig James, the last great white tailback.

    Mike Alstott?

  • lofgren

    I’ll admit to being one of those Democrats who was concerned about Bush not giving up power. Really I was more concerned about it in 2004-2005 than 2008. Looking back I think I had some better reasons than those who are concerned about Obama, but overall it was mostly just paranoia. Of course I never stated it this confidently, but I did think it was something that could happen.

    Honestly I still think it could happen. Frankly it’s something we should always be vigilant for. If the Republic goes on long enough it’s inevitable that somebody will try to declare themself Caesar, and most likely there will be very strong popular support for the idea.

    But I don’t see any real signs that Obama might be the one. I certainly think there was more reason to suspect that Bush (well, Cheney) might try to pull something like that, but as I said even that concern was mostly built on what-ifs and suppose sos.

  • http://mostlyrational.net tacitus

    I’ve offered similar bets, usually $1,000 at 10-1 odds (I pay 10 times as much if they win) and the typical response is that the bet is pointless because if they win, they won’t be around to collect anyway.

  • http://mostlyrational.net tacitus

    Honestly I still think it could happen. Frankly it’s something we should always be vigilant for.

    Anything could happen. In the event of a nuclear strike or, say, a devastating epidemic killing millions, during the lead up to a presidential election, then of course there is a chance a sitting president would postpone elections. But absent this kind of doomsday scenario where it would be impossible or unwise to run a national election, there really isn’t any reason to worry about this type of thing happening.

    The mistake in your reasoning is that such declarations don’t come out of the blue. In spite of our current political woes, America is not a banana republic. There would have to be a massive breakdown in the US political and governmental institutions before anything like that was possible, and we would already be in deep shit by then.

  • theguy

    “He’s got to be gone. We will follow up on that.”

    Yo, does this sound ominous to anybody? Secret Service on speed dial…

  • lofgren

    The mistake in your reasoning is that such declarations don’t come out of the blue.

    No, the mistake in your reasoning is thinking that if/when this happens it will follow a series of recognizable steps that as far as I can tell you simply invented just now.

    Of course I agree that such proclamations do not come “out of the blue.” But what seems in retrospect to be an obvious precursor to catastrophe often seems at the time to be just one more step in an independent process. Sure, the President might declare himself dictator following an obvious disaster. Or it might happen in a completely different way. It’s not like there is any history to guide us here. The most similar such event would be, what, the rise of Nazi Germany? That was last century. The world has changed so much, and our country is so very different from theirs, that it’s barely a template.

    Imagine if you will a world in which the President has shown a willingness to lie about existential threats to the country, to spill American blood over his lies, and to cast the world in terms of stark good and evil. Imagine the Congress has rolled over in the face of his lies multiple times, and those who opposed him were labeled traitors and terrorists. Imagine he has the support of paranoid, gun toting nationalists with a hard on for a race war. Imagine the Supreme Court has signaled that they consider stability (and having a Republican President) more important than protecting the credibility of our election process. Imagine that the frontrunner has been declared a Manchurian candidate secretly working for enemies of the state. Imagine the economy very nearly collapses, and a political miscalculation makes the Republican candidate into a joke.

    The broad arc of American politics has been on an autocratic bent for a long time now. Hopefully it will self correct before we bottom out with an actual dictator, but that’s far from certain. Would he have faced opposition? Of course. Would he have been successful? Probably not. Might he, or a more megalomaniacal version of Bush, have tried such a thing? I could see it happening. Maybe he would be stopped and maybe he wouldn’t, but we may well have to fight another civil war to sort it out.

    Sure, now, in retrospect, it’s obvious that Bush was never going to declare himself dictator for life. But if he had, I don’t doubt for a second that we would be sitting somewhere connecting the dots and telling ourselves we should have seen it coming. And when it does come, it’s entirely possible that we won’t see it coming, even with a healthy dose of paranoia on our side.

  • naturalcynic

    Forget betting $10k, bet something that has meaning to them. Like 10 ounces of gold.

  • mithrandir

    Trebuchet says:

    Sadly, I recall exactly the same conspiracy theory from the other side about eight years ago.

    I remember that conspiracy theory from a handful of overexcited commenters at Daily Kos and the like. I don’t remember it from anyone who actually had a radio or TV microphone. Perhaps you can refresh my memory?

  • mistertwo

    Oh, I forgot about those nutjobs! I’ll have to remember in January 2017 when a new president takes office to remind all of my right-wing friends who were freaked out by the movie Obama 2016 what idiots I said they were then. They definitely will be deserving of their “I told you sos”.

  • llewelly

    lofgren:

    And when it does come, it’s entirely possible that we won’t see it coming, even with a healthy dose of paranoia on our side.

    wait a minute. Isn’t this an admission that paranoia can’t help us see the problem coming, so, therefor, there is actually no value in being paranoid?

  • U Frood

    Maybe he’ll stick his head on a robot body and claim that new body gives him the right to take 2 more terms.

  • John Pieret

    lofgren @ 19:

    Actually, I think the scenario in Ironman III is much more realistic.