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:,,, U.S. Constitution