Wanted: President

By: Evan Bellamy

Requirements

To be eligible to run for president, you must meet each of the requirements needed as stated in the U.S. Constitution:

  • 35 Years of Age
  • A natural born citizen of the United States
  • A resident of the U.S. for 14 years

Duties, Roles, and Responsibilities of the President

The President serves as the Chief Executive, the Chief Diplomat, the Commander-in-Chief, the Legislative Leader, the Economic Leader, the Party Leader, and the Head of State. Each one of these roles includes different duties and responsibilities.


Chief Executive:

The President is in charge of 15 different cabinet departments. The President is also able to make Executive Orders, orders that have the power of law without congressional approval.

Chief Diplomat:

The President directs foreign policy. The President can make agreements with foreign leaders without the approval of congress, but can not make treaties.

Commander-in-Chief:

The President is in charge of all of the armed forces of the United States. They are the only one that can order American soldiers into battle, but can't declare war.

Legislative Leader:

The President must sign bills into law. Although he is not apart of the bill-making process, he can give Congress his legislative agenda.

Economic Leader:

The President deals with several economic issues that include unemployment, inflation, and high taxes. They also plan the federal government's budget every year and must have it approved by Congress.

Party Leader:

The President is viewed as the leader of their political party and selects the party's national chairperson.

Head of State:

A ceremonial role; the president represents the U.S. at special occasions and ceremonies. They act as a living symbol of the United States.

Compensation and Benefits

As of 2001, the President's salary is $400,000 a year, along with housing, office space, transportation. The President is also given other expense accounts for things such as food, entertainment, and other means of transportation. The President receives protection from highly-trained body guards, known as the Secret Service 24/7. Along with these benefits, Camp David is also available to the President any time he wishes to get out of the White House for a while.
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