In a surprise press conference in the Rose Garden Friday, President Obama announced his plans to run for a third term. Citing the current presidential candidates’ “lack of connection to reality,” he said he plans to finally bring the hope and change he promised America eight years ago. He would be the first president to serve a third term since 1940.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell appeared momentarily distracted from his round-the-clock campaign to block Obama's recent Supreme Court nominee, denouncing the move in a statement released shortly after the president's remarks.
“We cannot stand idly by as our president continues to circumvent the Constitution, which we hold so dear,” he said.
But Obama made it clear that America is just getting ready to #FeeltheHope:
“Folks today are sick and tired of having to accept the circus of the presidential candidates this year. Now let me be clear, I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to help this country in extraordinary moments of need, and I believe this is one such moment now. My colleagues in the Department of Justice have assured me this move is constitutional. So has Michelle. Look, we pledged to stay in D.C. until Sasha's graduation anyway, and let's not pretend you all don't wish I'd done this months ago.”
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders' campaigns could not be reached for comment, though a key spokesperson from the Sanders campaign tweeted that April 1 was an ill-timed choice to announce such a stunning decision.