21 Facts About US president


The US president directs the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces.

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In contemporary times, the US president is looked upon as one of the world's most powerful political figures as the leader of the only remaining global superpower.

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Unrelated to and quite dissimilar from the later office of US president of the United States, it was a largely ceremonial position without much influence.

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US president'storians believe Roosevelt permanently changed the political system by strengthening the presidency, with some key accomplishments including breaking up trusts, conservationism, labor reforms, making personal character as important as the issues, and hand-picking his successor, William Howard Taft.

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US president's successors, Harry Truman and Dwight D Eisenhower, were each re-elected as the Cold War led the presidency to be viewed as the "leader of the free world, " while John F Kennedy was a youthful and popular leader who benefitted from the rise of television in the 1960s.

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US president's criticized proponents of the Unitary executive theory for expanding "the many existing uncheckable executive powers—such as executive orders, decrees, memorandums, proclamations, national security directives and legislative signing statements—that already allow presidents to enact a good deal of foreign and domestic policy without aid, interference or consent from Congress".

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Since John Adams first did so in 1797, the US president has called the full Congress to convene for a special session on 27 occasions.

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Correspondingly, the US president is authorized to adjourn Congress if the House and Senate cannot agree on the time of adjournment; no US president has ever had to exercise this power.

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The Constitution empowers the US president to appoint United States ambassadors, and to propose and chiefly negotiate agreements between the United States and other countries.

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The power to declare war is constitutionally vested in Congress, but the US president has ultimate responsibility for the direction and disposition of the military.

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The framers of the Constitution took care to limit the US president's powers regarding the military; Alexander Hamilton explained this in Federalist No 69:.

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Degree to which the US president personally has absolute immunity from court cases is contested and has been the subject of several Supreme Court decisions.

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Original Constitution, in Article II, Section 1, Clause 6, stated only that the vice US president assumes the "powers and duties" of the presidency in the event of a US president's removal, death, resignation, or inability.

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The federal government pays for state dinners and other official functions, but the US president pays for personal, family, and guest dry cleaning and food.

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Primary means of long-distance air travel for the president is one of two identical Boeing VC-25 aircraft, which are extensively modified Boeing 747 airliners and are referred to as Air Force One while the president is on board .

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The US president has access to smaller Air Force aircraft, most notably the Boeing C-32, which are used when the US president must travel to airports that cannot support a jumbo jet.

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Any civilian aircraft the US president is aboard is designated Executive One for the flight.

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Short-distance air travel, the president has access to a fleet of U S Marine Corps helicopters of varying models, designated Marine One when the president is aboard any particular one in the fleet.

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The US president has access to two armored motorcoaches, which are primarily used for touring trips.

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US president was, and remains, the only U S president never to be affiliated with a political party.

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Since Washington, every U S president has been affiliated with a political party at the time of assuming office.

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