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Salary, benefits and perks!
- Since 2001, the president has earned a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment.
- The most recent raise in salary was approved by Congress and President Bill Clinton in 1999 and went into effect in 2001.
- Benefits and perks
- Staff - The President receives basically unlimited staff, as determined by Congress. There is some 96 employees in the White House not including security staff. A Chief Usher oversees a Chef, Pastry Chef, Physician, Social Secretary, Chief Calligrapher, and others. Each of these can oversee as many as 21 individuals themselves.
- White House - The White House is absurdly expensive, costing over $4 Millon a year. Flowers alone cost $250k a year. Movie theater, bowling alley, pool, tennis and basketball courts, putting green, groundskeepers, florists, valets and butlers, a pastry chef and 24-hour cooking staff.
- Air Force One - The middle level of these planes carries up to 70 passengers, as well as a 26-person crew. There's ample room in the staff, media and security areas in the back half of the plane, but the president has a personal suite under the cockpit with an office, bathroom, bedroom and workout room. The upper level of the plane is for the telecommunications center, while the bottom level is for cargo. C17 cargo planes carry the motorcade to wherever the president is headed. It costs approximately $185k an hour.
- Travel & Advance Team - The Presidential Advance Team includes logistics and security for the president's motorcade, as well as employing Secret Service against the 500 death threats the president receives each month, on average. President Bush's administration in 2003, a trip to London required 904 staffers from Defense, 600 from the armed services, 250 Secret Service officers, 205 White House staff, 103 CIA staff, 44 staff from the State Department, 30 more from within the Cabinet, 18 Senior Advance Office staff, 16 Congressmen and 12 sniffer dogs.
- Camp David - The Presidential vacation home. No Washington heat or traffic. Features 11 cabins, office cabin, swimming pool, shooting range, bowling alley, etc. Plus the use of Marine One to helicopter in, which is around $7MM each.
Constitutional powers granted
- Veto Bills
- Pardon Crimes
- Wane punishments on crimes
- Prepares National budget
- Appoints people into courts and job places in the executive branch
- Withhold information during national emergency
- Commander in chief of Navy and Army
- Can make peace treaties
- acknowledge new Countries and Governments
- National emergency powers
Five leadership qualitys
- Honesty- Honesty will get people on your side, it will help gain trust and make it easier to communicate with people.
- Backbone- a leader needs to be tough in some situations, he needs to be able to show people he means business.
- Empathy- with a backbone you also need empathy so you know when a lot is too much.
- Courage- needs to be able to do things other people probably could not and make decisions that have the countries best interest.
- good decision making skills- Many choices have to be made and every choice seems to be wrong by the word of the people, so he needs to be able to make a decision that has the best interest and the best answer he can live with
Party Leader: In this role, the president helps members of his political party get elected or appointed to office. The president campaigns for those members who have supported his policies. At the end of a term the president may campaign for reelection with his party’s support.
1. To what political party does the current president belong? Democrat
2. In what ways can a sitting president work on behalf of his party? Helping pass his parties favorable bills without a veto.
3. In what ways can the president's party continue to work on his behalf?
The president's party can continue to work on his or her behalf by proposing legislation to try to enact the president's preferred policies. Party members can also publicly advocate for the president's positions.
Commander-in-Chief: The president is the commander-in-chief of the U.S. armed forces. That means all of the military leaders report to and take orders from the president. The president performs this duty as a civilian, someone who is not in military service.
1. What is the benefit of having a civilian who is an elected public official as the commander-in chief? One central authority to make a difficult decision.
2. What might be some of the drawbacks?
People don’t agree with the decision so it may cause a riot.
Chief Executive: The president is the chief executive, empowered to administer the laws and affairs of the nation. While the president does not make the laws, his agencies have the responsibility and authority to carry out the laws.
1. Which recent executive orders have impacted the state of the nation? The new gun law
2. What article in the Constitution grants the president executive power?
Article two of the constitution
Chief of State: The president's role as chief of state is to represent the United States at public events. This is mainly a ceremonial role that allows the president to promote/convey/represent American values and acknowledge others who do the same.
1. When has a president visited U.S. cities in distress? The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, 9/11, many school shooting.
2. How would a president play the role of chief of state during wartime?
He would command the military
Chief Diplomat: Being a diplomat involves interacting with leaders from other nations. The president takes the lead in foreign relations by associating with foreign leaders and, along with the help of Congress, develops a foreign policy with other nations.
1. Which foreign leaders has the president recently hosted at the White House? Which nations has the president recently visited? What have been the motivating reasons for these visits? (President Obama hosted Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz at the White House today, the first visit since he became king earlier this year). (President Obama took a 10-day journey to Asia, which includes visits to Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea. The purpose of this trip is to strengthen U.S. leadership and economic competitiveness in the region, renew old alliances, forge new partnerships, and make progress on issues that matter to the American people.)
2. Which countries have been traditional allies of the United States? Do these friendly relationships remain strong today?
The Allies of the USA include, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Spain, Italy, and Yugoslavia. And yes relation are good
Chief Legislator: Though the president cannot make laws, he can voice his own ideas and opinions to Congress while they draft legislation. He does this through speeches promoting his agenda and by meeting with Congress to discuss policies.
1. Name one controversial piece of legislation that the president has pushed through Congress. (Obamacare)
2. How has the president pushed his plan for healthcare? (He came out in support of a legislative bypass known as reconciliation, which would allow changes to the health care bill to be passed by the Senate with only 51 votes, a simple majority.)