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Barack Obama announces he is not running for third term in 2016

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On Thursday, Barack Obama announced that he will not run for a third term in the White House and even if the Constitution allowed it, his wife would not, The Hill reported Thursday.

"Not only the Constitution bars it, but Michelle bars it — and you can’t change Michelle’s mind," he said in response to a question at a town hall meeting in Minnesota.

Last month, the satirical National Report published an article claiming Obama had said he would seek a third term. Even though it's false, the article has so far received over 284,000 Facebook "likes" and has been shared over 500,000 times.

The article received so much attention that Politifact ran a piece, calling it "satire passed off as truth."

“I can’t abandon the American people now when they need me more than ever,” the National Report quoted Obama as saying. “We’ve come this far as a nation, now is not the time to do something different. This is the change you wanted and this is the change you’re getting.”

According to the report, spokesman Paul Horner said: “Obama is guaranteed to win in 2016 and then we’ll all be able to enjoy this great man for another four years. Things could not get any better for the American people. I’m so stoked!”

The article also suggested that Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y., has "recently introduced" a measure to abolish the 22nd Amendment -- which is "exactly the kind of news that makes an Obama 2016 Presidential run possible."

As we reported in January 2013, Serrano did introduce H. J. Res. 15, a measure that would pave the way for Obama to run again -- but not as recently as the National Report suggests. The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution And Civil Justice on Jan. 25, 2013, and has not moved since. He has also proposed similar measures in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.

"I introduce it as a matter of principle," Serrano said. "I do not believe there should be term limits for any elected official. Elections should be the deciding factor. I do not receive advice or support on this bill from the White House or any other source."

Even if Serrano's measure managed to pass the GOP-controlled House, it is unlikely it would be ratified by two-thirds of the states.

A link to the National Report article is apparently making the rounds in a chain email which Politifact rated: "Pants on fire."

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