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Eligibility
  • Must be a natural-born citizen of the United States (can be born abroad of parents who are American citizens).
  • Must be at least 35 years of age.
  • Must be a resident of the United States for at least 14 years
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 officers 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
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