Government 101: President of the United States
- 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 (but not necessarily the 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
Other sources of information:
- The Executive Branch
- Presidents of the United States (POTUS) Online from the White House history website, this site provides background and biographical information on all of our presidents.
- Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the U.S. From George Washington to Barack H. Obama. Online from Bartleby.com.
- The American Presidency Project contains a "set of articles on the Presidents, the Presidency and American politics."