• Chief executive of the federal government, responsible for ensuring that the laws passed by Congress are executed and enforced as written. Able to sign and veto legislation.
• Commander in chief of the armed forces, with the authority to send troops into combat and sole responsibility for deciding whether to use nuclear weapons.
• May grant pardons for crimes other than impeachment.
• May make treaties, but only if two-thirds of the Senate agrees to the terms of those treaties.
• Can nominate ambassadors, Supreme Court justices and other officers (most commonly Cabinet secretaries and federal judges). Senate has final approval on any nominations.
• Directs foreign and domestic policy.
• Must address Congress from time to time on the state of the union.
• Must be at least 35 years old.
• Must be a U.S. citizen.
• Must have lived in the United States for at least 14 years.
• The American people
• Full-time; lodging and workspace provided in Washington, D.C.
• Company motorcade and air fleet
• Pension in retirement, plus a payroll for office staff, Secret Service protection for life and free postage for life
• Next opening: Nov. 3, 2020, for a four-year term
Sources: Scholastic.com, AmericanThinker.com, Chron.com, U.S. Constitution
Job description of the president of the United States