Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

U.S. President

United States President


  • Must be a natural-born citizen of the United States
  • Must be 35 years of age.
  • Must be a resident of the United States for at least 14 years


  • A nice house
  • A salary of $400,000 per year (taxable)
  • Expense account of $50,000 per year (taxable)
  • Travel expenses of $100,000 per year (tax-free)
  • Pension, on retirement, of $63,000 per year (taxable)
  • Staff support on leaving the presidency
  • A place in the country – Camp David
  • A personal airplane – Air Force One
  • A fine chef

The Powers of the President:

According to Article II of the Constitution the President has the following powers:

  • Serve as commander in chief of the armed forces
  • Commission officer of the armed forces
  • Grant reprieves and pardons for federal offenses (except impeachment)
  • Convene Congress in special sessions
  • Receive ambassadors
  • Take care that the laws be faithfully executed
  • Wield the “executive power”
  • Appoint officials to lesser offices

Powers of the President That Are Shared with the Senate

  • Make treaties
  • Appoint ambassadors, judges, and high officials

Powers of the President That are Shared with Congress as a Whole

  • Approve legislation

Other Sources of Information:

  • Presidents of the United States (POTUS) Online from the Internet Public Library, this site provides background information, election results, cabinet members, presidency highlights, and some odd facts on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included.
  • The Presidents of the United States From The White House website. Pictures and descriptions of each President.
  • US Presidents and Vice Presidents From the PresidentsUSA website. Detailed information about each President and Vice President. Facts and information about each President’s administration, genealogy, speeches, historic sites, portraits, and biographies.

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