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Qualifications
  • 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 preceding the election).
Benefits
  • 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)
  • 19,000 for entertainment (taxable)
  • Pension, on retirement, cabinet member's salary (taxable)
  • Staff support upon leaving the presidency
  • A place in the country - Camp David
  • Presidential state car
  • A personal airplane - Air Force One
  • A personal helicopter - Marine One
  • Blair House Residency
  • 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 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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