Barrack Obama addresses a group at the Richard and Norma Small Multi-Sports Center Gym at Cornell College on October 17, 2012 in Mount Vernon, Iowa. (AFP Photo/David Greedy)
Though he's unlikely to get the job, more than 35,000 people have signed a petition to get Obama running for President again.Tunggul Kumoro 27 February 2017 12:00
Since Barrack Obama left office, people have been wondering what he will do next. Some even offered him jobs. Music streaming service Spotify, for example, offered Obama a position as ‘President of Playlists’ in January —which he hadn’t answered yet.
But if the music industry isn’t Obama’s thing, there’s another job opening for him — though it might be a little hard for him to get it.
France is holding its General Election in April and some people want Obama to run.
Can he legally be a French president? Maybe not.
But it doesn’t stop the organizers of Obama17 from campaigning to get Obama running for office. It also doesn’t stop more than 35,000 people from signing the petition on the campaign website.
The organizers, who decided to stay anonymous, are hoping to get 1 million people to sign the petition by March 15.
They also put hundreds of Obama posters around Paris, donned with French version of Obama’s slogan ‘Yes We Can’ —‘Oui On Peut’.
Screenshot from Obama17.fr
One of campaign organizers told news portal NPR that they decided to launch the Obama campaign out of resentment for French presidential candidates and their campaigns that are full of scandals, conspiracies, and far-right issues.
"We were thinking about French politics and saying that we were fed up with the fact that we all the time had to vote against someone," he said to NPR. “And how it would be cool to be able to vote for someone we admire. We came up with Obama."
However, he also said not to take the campaign seriously —unless Obama considers changing his nationality.
"It's definitely a joke," the organizer told NPR. "But it could make people think a little about what we could do differently in French politics. The idea was to make people wake up."
There has been no single word from Obama on this proposal, though it's not impossible that he's now taking his time to consider taking the position.