With just months to go before the French people head to the polls to select their next president, a push to add former President Barack Obama to the ballot has gained steam.
— Romuald COUSTRE (@rcoustre) February 21, 2017
The Washington Post reported:
Over the past week, posters with the slogan “Obama17″ have been plastered around Paris. A website of the same name is urging French voters to sign a petition promising to vote for Barack Obama should he enter the French race. The website says that it is hoping to collect 1 million signatures before March 15 in a bid to convince the former U.S. president to run.
According to NPR, this isn’t the first petition launched to request an Obama presidency. At least two similar petitions were launched last year, though this appears to be the most successful so far — one organizer told the Verge on Friday that the group had collected 30,000 signatures.
However, Obama’s chances at winning the French election may be slim. While polls suggest he is widely viewed positively in France — a Pew Global Research poll from last year found that 84 percent of the French had confidence that Obama would do the right thing in global affairs — Obama is not a French citizen and could not run in the French election until he became one.
“The French are ready to make radical choices,” a statement in French from the website reportedly read. “That is good because we have a radical idea to propose to them.”
The site also claimed that Obama has “the best résumé in the world for the job.”
Sure, if you don’t get bogged down in things like facts and results.
“At a time when France is about to vote massively for the far right, we can give a lesson in democracy to the planet by electing a foreigner as French president,” the site read.
What does “electing a foreigner” have to do with “democracy”? It has everything to do with globalism and the destruction of national sovereignty, but I’m guessing they knew that wouldn’t be as palatable or romantic as the farce they spun.
Apparently organizers have admitted that this whole push is a “joke.”
“It’s definitely a joke,” a co-creator of the website, who remained unnamed, told NPR. “But it could make people think a little bit about what we could do differently in French politics.”
Or you could actually address the issues your country faces in a thoughtful and reasonable way, but who’s got time for that, huh?
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