Now That US Is Done With Obama, French May Want Him

A guerrilla campaign kicks off to get Obama elected president of France
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2017 2:29 PM CST
Thousands of People Want Obama for President...of France
A lot of people want Barack Obama to be president...of France.   (Instagram)

Barack Obama better get his Broadway fix while he can because if a couple dissatisfied French voters get their way, he'll soon have an important new job: president of France. CNN reports a campaign to elect Obama president of France sprung up in Paris this week featuring a website, petition, and more than 500 posters plastered around the city. The Obama17 campaign bears a familiar slogan to go with its familiar face, "Oui on peut," which translates to "Yes we can," according to NPR. The Verge reports the petition to make Obama the French president had 30,000 signatures by Friday morning despite one major stumbling block toward that goal: He's not a French citizen.

Obama17 was started by two friends "after a drink," and while they admit it's a joke, they say it's one with a serious point: They're tired of the same French politicians running for office over and over and getting embroiled in scandals. One Obama17 organizer says he's sick of feeling like he's voting "against" someone instead of "for" someone, and Obama is the only politician who's ever inspired him. He might not be alone. Last year, a poll found 84% of French people trusted Obama to do the right thing on world issues, the Washington Post reports. "Who cares that he's not French? He's Barack Obama," one of the organizers tells CNN. The French begin voting for their next president April 23. (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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