o The president has many roles in the US such as chief of state, chief executive, chief administrator, chief diplomat, commander in chief, and chief citizen.
o In the US the president represents the nation as a whole and both reigns and rules. In other countries such as England the chief of state only reigns.
o He is also the chief administrator, which mean he is head of the countries governmental machine. He is head of an administration whose expenses total 2.7 trillion dollars a year.
o Being chief diplomat gives him the power to represent the country in foreign affairs.
o According to the constitution the president is also the commander in chief of the armed forces.
o The president also has the important role of being the chief of party meaning he is head of the majority party in the executive branch.
o The president is also automatically appointed the chief citizen meaning he is responsible for representing the interests of the people.
o All these roles are given to the man who heads our country and it is his duty to perform them simultaneously.
o To become President of the US you must be a "natural born citizen" and be at least 35 years of age. John F Kennedy was the youngest elected US president at age 43 and Ronald Reagen was the oldest at 69.
o Most US presidents are around 50 years old when they are elected.
o Another qualification is that you should have lived in the US for at least 14 years.
o Over 100 million people in America meet these simple qualifications.
o Alexander Hamilton who was the writer of the infamous "The Federalist" articles stated that a four-year term was sufficient for a president to establish himself.
o In 1951 the constitution granted the right to run for president for more than two terms.
o Franklin Roosevelt did just that by being president for 4 terms.
o Although now the rule is that a person may only serve two full terms as President. For example President Clinton was president for two terms and was not allowed to run again.
o Many presidents have supported extending the four-year term to six years.
Pay and Benefits
o The President's salary is determined by the US congress and should stay the same throughout the president's term.
o George Washington's salary was $25,000 in 1789 and now it is $400,000 a year.
o The president is also given a hefty $50,000 expense account to use on whatever he feels is necessary for him.
o Now obviously that is not all. Our chief of state is also given a little mansion called the White House, a nice airplane, couple of helicopters, automobiles, a resort hideaway, the finest medical coverage available, and a large group of people to protect and pamper him.
Constitution and Succession
o The Presidential Succession is basically the order of people who will become president in case the person in front of them resides, dies, or is...