During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday on extending FBI Director Robert Mueller's current ten-year term by two years, liberal Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) made a curious comment. He noted that Obama could be out of office in two years (via CNS News):
“I should note that President Obama could nominate a new director who would be there for ten years. And by extending you for two years--he is uh--in two years, he may not be the president, so I think that--um--that bears, ah, just a mention.”
Franken made the comments after saying he could support extending Mueller's term due to a "unique set of circumstances:"
It should be noted that it seems the point of Franken's comment wasn't Obama's term but rather Mueller's, and he was simply trying to put it in perspective. It's not like Franken was on the campaign trail or was caught divulging some secret, juicy gossip to a secret tape recorder.
But that said, it still is interesting that Franken let the comment slip in the heat of the moment. One would think that a second Obama term is so engrained in Democrats that the idea of it not happening would never come up on accident or as part of a larger point.
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)