Do you have what it takes to be in the Executive Branch?
- Vice President
You can also be a member of the Cabinet. The Departments are:
Department of State
Department of Treasury
Department of Defense
Department of Justice
Department of the Interior
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Labor
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Transportation
Department of Energy
Department of Education
Department of Veterans Affairs
- Department of Homeland Security
The cabinet advises the President.
Process for Becoming President
- First you need to announce your candidacy about 2yrs in advance of the general election.
- Primary Elections, these happen Feb.-June prior to the general election. You will be on the ballot no matter what, because every candidate is on the ballot. The purpose of this is to see who the constituents (voters) like best. Every state votes on a different day (NH is first) so this can take a while.
- Political Party National Convention happens August/September.
- General Election, this happens the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, and everybody votes (if you're 18yrs +)
- Electoral College Vote is the official vote for President. The 538 people in it
(435 HoR +100 Senate+3 Washington D.C.) are bound by oath to vote according to the people in the state. YOU NEED 270 VOTES TO WIN.
If you have made it this far, you must go through the Inauguration, where you are sworn into office in January.
Roles You Need to be Ready for
If you want to be President, you need to account that you must fulfill your duties as President of the USA. Examples of the roles are below as well.
Chief of State- Ex. Greeting visitors to the White House.
Chief Executive- Ex. President can appoint people to the CIA.
Chief Administrator- Ex. He leads the federal govt.
Chief Diplomat-Ex. Traveling to London to meet the British leaders.
Commander in Chief- Ex. Calling out troops to stop a riot.
Chief Legislator- Ex. Making a speech in Congress.
Chief of Party Ex. Selecting party members to serve in the Cabinet
Chief Citizen- Ex. He represents all citizens.
You must be ready to sign and veto bills, as it is a very important part of the law-making process. (This is also part of what you would do as Chief Legislator)
If you wish to be the Vice President, you must be ready to take on the roles of the President if she/he dies. As vice president, you have roles like:
- Voting in a tie in the Senate.
- Holding meetings in the Senate.
Otherwise, you do what the President tells you to do.
Important People You Need to Know
President Barack Obama
Served 2 terms-the maximum terms a president can serve.
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Vice President Joe Biden
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