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What is the President’s Job?

Original Publication Date: September 2012


The job of the President is clearly written in the US Constitution.

In Article II, Section 1, it says that:

The President shall serve for four years.

He must be a natural born citizen of the United States.

He must be 35 years old.

He must have lived in the United States for 14 years.

He will get paid for doing this job but may not take money from anyone else during his term.

When he becomes President, he must recite the following:
I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States

In Article II, Section 2, it says that:

The President is the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States.

He can get people out of trouble even if they have broken the law.

With the help of the Senate, and approval of 2/3 of the Senators, he can make treaties (written agreements) with other countries.

He can pick Ambassadors or representatives to other countries.

He can pick judges for the courts.

In Article II, Section 3, it says that:

The President must report to the Congress how the country is doing in a State of the Union message.

In Article II, Section 4, it says that:

The President can be removed from office if he is found guilty of treason, bribery or other crimes. There will be a trial to see if he has broken the laws of the country.