The US President is the head of state and the head of the federal government of the United States of America. The president's power is checked and balanced by the two other branches of the US Government, which are Congress and the Supreme Court.
Asked in US Presidents, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton
Who did former President George W. Bush support in the 2008 Presidential election?
What US President was not elected either President or Vice President?
Gerald R. Ford. Ford was selected and confirmed as the vice President on December 6, 1973, while he was a US Congressman, after the resignation of Vice president Spiro T. Agnew. Ford then became President on August 9, 1974 with the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. (Ford ran for reelection but was defeated by Jimmy Carter in 1976, so he was never elected President or vice president.)
What are the qualifications for US president?
The Constitutional requirements to be president are: 1. be at least 35 years old 2. be a natural-born US citizen* 3. live in the US for 14 years. * The Constitution specifically states that one must be a "natural-born" US citizen not "native-born." "natural born " is not defined by the Constitution and has not definitively been defined by the Supreme Court but is generally interpreted to mean either born in US territory or born of US citizens (see the Related Link below on US Code Title 8 for more information). The exact words from the Constitution in Article II, Section 1, Clause 5: "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States. " The 22nd amendment gives an additional requirement in that it makes a person ineligible for president if he had already been twice elected president or has been elected once and also served more than two years of a term to which he was not elected. job vaccincess
Asked in US Presidents, Elections and Voting
What is the rule on special presidential election?
What are some opinions about what President Obama has done right as President during his term so far?
This question is asking for opinions. Please keep the tone friendly when adding yours. This question is for voicing your opinion about what has been done right. See the related question below for voicing your opinions about what was done wrong in his Presidential term so far. If you disagree with another opinion in these answers, do not put that here, that is what the discussion section is for. When adding your opinion, put it below those opinions before yours. *Note: some opinions may be based on biases, misinformation or misinterpretation of facts. Prevented the collapse of the American automotive industry by making GM restructure before bailing them out, and putting incentive money to help the industry. As a result, many jobs were saved and some were created as GM became the Number 1 auto manufacturer in the world again. Shifted the focus of the war from Iraq to Afghanistan, and put the emphasis on reducing terrorism (where it should have been all along) Relaxed Anti-American tensions throughout the world Signed order to close the prisoner "torture camp" at Guantanamo Bay Has made the environment a national priority, and a primary source for job creation Has made education a national priority by putting emphasis and money behind new ideas like charter schools, but speaking directly to school children in telling them they have to do their part Won the Nobel Peace Prize - Pres. Obama has stated "Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges" to which the Nobel prize's nominating committee responded: "For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading spokesman." Created a $789 billion economic stimulus plan Made the appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court Pushed for attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans Renewed dialogue with NATO and other allies and partners on strategic issues Began the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force. This includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc. Provided better body armor to our troops Created the "Cash for clunkers" program that offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars to help stimulate auto sales, save energy, and help the environment Changed the failing status quo military command in Afghanistan Closed offshore tax safe havens Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts Ended media blackout on war casualties and the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB Ended the previous practice of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules Ended previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports Enabled the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that has created 2.1 million jobs (as of 12/31/09) Ended previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions Ended previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back Ended previous policy on torture; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards Launched website Recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology Ended previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry's predatory practices Ended previous "stop-loss" policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date Enabled law that energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient Established a new cyber security office Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children Expanded vaccination programs Provided funding to families of fallen soldiers to have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB. Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America's Veterans Encouraged Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research Budgeted funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools Responded with compassion and leadership to the earthquake in Haiti Responded immediately and efficiently to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters Launched Business.gov - enabling conversation and online collaboration between small business owners, government representatives and industry experts in discussion forums relevant to starting and managing a business - Great for the economy Improved housing for military personnel Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals Changed failing war strategy in Afghanistan Improved benefits for veterans Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants…) after years of neglect Donated his $1.4 million Nobel Prize to nonprofit organizations Increased opportunities in AmeriCorps program Provided tax credits to first-time home buyers through the Worker, Home Ownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 to revitalize the U.S. housing market Increased pay and benefits for military personnel Increased student loans Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return "home" to visit loved ones Cracked down on companies that deny sick pay, vacation and health insurance to workers by abusing the employee classification of independent contractor. Such companies also avoided paying Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes for those workers Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000 Placed limits on lobbyists' access to the White House Protected 300,000 education jobs that would have otherwise been lost, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act Placed limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration Pushed for the Children's Health Insurance Re-authorization Act on February 4, 2009, which provides quality health care to 11 million kids - 4 million who were previously uninsured Lowered drug costs for seniors Made more loans available to small businesses Held many more press conferences and town halls and provides much more media access than previous administration Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals Promoted a new Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans Announced creation of a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record for medical records of members of the U.S. Armed Forces to improve quality of medical care Encouraged new federal funding for science and research labs Created new funds for school construction Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices Began the phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren't even used or needed in Iraq and Afghanistan Reengaged in the talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions Provided tax credit to workers thus cutting taxes for 95% of America's working families Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research Helped reverse a downward spiral of the stock market. On January 19, 2009, the last day of President Bush's presidency, the Dow closed at 8,218.22. In February 2010, the Dow closed at 10,309.24 Renewed loan guarantees for Israel Restarted the nuclear non-proliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure and protocol Returned to the government the money authorized for his family's refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters Sent envoys to the Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy Unveiled a program on Earth Day 2009 to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable, for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean's vast sustainable resources to generate clean energy in an environmentally sound and safe manner Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program Permitted states to enact fuel efficiency standards above federal standards Arranged for students struggling to make college loan payments to have their loans refinanced Commanded and authorized the SEALS team to gain the successful release of a US captain held by Somali pirates Pushed for the FDA to now regulate tobacco Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date Cut the missile defense program by $1.4 billion in 2010 Provided for the public to meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying Arranged for the closing of the "secret detention" facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere Implemented the US financial and banking rescue plan Commanded the US Navy to increase patrols off the Somali coast Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system Visited more countries and met with more world leaders in his first six months in office than any prior President Improved relations with Iran Improved U.S. policy on climate change Set timetable for exiting Iraq and brought troops home Improved relations with Russia Improved relations with the Islamic World Made progress towards greater cooperation on limiting nuclear proliferation Created jobs with his economic stimulus plan causing the unemployment rate to decrease. Currently at the lowest in recent years. Drastically slowed down the recession Saved Wall Street Passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act (equal work for equal pay) Signed the healthcare reform laws after he pushed for the successful passage of the comprehensive health care reform Signed into law a financial reform package related to Wall Street Nominated two of the only four women ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court Presided over the departure of U.S. combat troops from Iraq after seven years. Received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." Created closer oversight of the financial services/credit card industry Ratified the nuclear weapons reduction treaty with Russia Rescued the US automobile industry Provided timetables for bringing our troops home from Afghanistan Accomplished the extension of unemployment compensation Put an end to discrimination against homosexuals in the military Assisted in the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi, with no loss of American life Extended unemployment compensation Started a new hospital records system He has done wonderful work starting to repair the sullied image of the United States around the world Helping the earth become a better place Gave money for veterans Encouraged people to do the right things and not the wrong Told people to believe in their dreams and to go through with them and have a great life He has given the late night talk show hosts a lot of new material for their jokes, as well as the 'forwarded' email jokes Kept John McCain from becoming President, which is all the contribution he needs to make. Even if he screws up royally, at least he kept Senator McCain from sitting in the "big boy's chair" Called for resumption of Arab-Israeli peace negotiations Introduced George Mitchell as an envoy for peace in Palestine Improved strained relations with moderate Arab leaders (like with his meeting with President Mubarak of Egypt and his meeting with King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Started reversing U.S. efforts to isolate antagonists such as Iran and Syria Believes that there needs to be an elimination of nuclear weapons (like nuclear weapons in Iran) He has tried to do the best things possible to try to fix our country and the world's Economic Crisis (Watch the CBS Evening News w/ Katie Couric weekdays on CBS @ 6:30pm Eastern) Improved Relations with Russia Made the Rights of Women around the World a Core Component of the U.S. foreign policy Made Progress towards Greater Cooperation on Limiting Nuclear Proliferation Improved Relations with Iran Sponsored these bills (unverified): • S.RES.529 : A resolution designating July 13, 2006, as "National Summer Learning Day". • S.2048 : A bill to direct the Consumer Product Safety Commission to classify certain children's products containing lead to be banned hazardous. • S.2125 : A bill to promote relief, security, and democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. • S.2154 : A bill to provide for the issuance of a commemorative postage stamp in honor of Rosa Parks. • S.2259 : A bill to establish an Office of Public Integrity in the Congress and a Congressional Ethics Enforcement Commission.S.3627 : A bill to prohibit the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy from selling, distributing, or transferring elemental mercury, to prohibit the export of elemental mercury, and for other purposes He has done us proud, he is one of the best Presidents ever Ordered Osama Bin Laden killed on May 1st 2011 Signed a detailed form to ban abuse to prisoners Sent out 800+ bills, most of which helped the US or will in the future Put his life on the line just to fix bush stupid mistakes Signed an Executive Order on government contracting to fight waste and abuse Renewed dialogue with NATO and other allies and partners on strategic issues Launched Recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology Launched a $15 billion plan to boost lending to small businesses Invested heavily in education both as a way to provide jobs now and lay the foundation for long-term prosperity Signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Office of Urban Affairs Issued a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making Answered questions at the first online town hall from the White House that were submitted and voted on transparently by the public at WhiteHouse.gov Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities Launched Business.gov - enabling conversation and online collaboration between small business owners, government representatives and industry experts in discussion forums relevant to starting and managing a business Appointed the first ever Federal Chief Information Officer to provide management and oversight over federal IT spending Signed the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act on February 4, 2009, which provides quality health care to 11 million kids - 4 million who were previously uninsured Issued an Executive Order repealing the Bush-Era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research Committed to phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdates weapons systems, which weren't even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan Played a lead role in G-20 Summit that produced a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay and a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture Appointed Special Envoys for Climate Change, Southwest Asia, the Middle East, Sudan, and a Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants) after years of neglect Increased minority access to capital Developed a comprehensive new strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan that will help defeat Al Qaeda and authorized the deployment of more than 21,000 troops to Afghanistan Signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act which gives the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud, from lending to the financial system, and creates a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial practices that brought us to this point Signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act Increased, for the first time in more than a decade, the fuel economy standards for Model Year 2011 for cars and trucks so they will get better mileage Issued a Presidential Memorandum to the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances Announced a new U.S.-Mexico border initiative Concluded cyberspace policy review Established a new "U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue" Announced new policy steps towards Cuba Provided funding for advanced manufacturing technologies Issued a Presidential Memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act instructing the Attorney General to issue new guidelines to the government implementing those same principles of openness and transparency in the processing of FOIA requests Funded the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015 The Executive Order on Presidential Records brings those principles to presidential records by giving the American people greater access to these historic documents, severely curtailing the ability to use executive privilege to shield those documents Signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, a hallmark piece of legislation Signed an Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls to provide a coordinated Federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, and addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference Supported the first steps of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide Managed several natural disasters successfully, including oil spill in the Gulf- one of the worst environmental disasters ever- severe winter ice storms and flooding in several states Provided new car tax credit Purchased fuel efficient American-made fleet of vehicles for the federal government Nominated Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. She's confirmed and becomes the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice Helped reverse a downward spiral of the stock market. On January 19, 2009, the last day of President Bush's presidency, the Dow closed at 8,218.22. Today, the Dow closed at 10,309.24 (February 2010) Earned an unprecedented success rate of 96.7% on winning congressional votes on issues where he took a position. He did even better than legendary arm-twister Lyndon Johnson who had a 93% success rate in 1965 Signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act that made it a federal crime to assault an individual because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity Appointed the first Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy Signed the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act authorizing advance appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs by providing two-fiscal year budget authority thus enabling better medical care for veterans. Endorsed by the American Legion, American Veterans, Blinded Veter...ans Association, Disabled American Veterans, Jewish War Veterans, Military Officers Association, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Vietnam Veterans of America Held impromptu press conference to urge Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross and other corporate health insurance companies that raise premiums in high amounts without explanation. Rep. Henry Waxman launches probe. In this case, Anthem Blue Cross wanted to raise premiums 39%. They have now put the increase on hold for two months (as of February 2010). Legislation preventing such increases pending Designated $1.5 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in the states hardest hit by the housing crisis: California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. The MBA forecasts that foreclosures will peak in the last quarter of 2010 Extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the nation's unemployed from 9 months to 15 months. Workers laid off between September 1, 2008 and February 28, 2010 qualify Extended unemployment benefits for 2,000,000 unemployed Americans by 20 weeks. At the time the bill was signed 7,000 unemployed Americans were losing their unemployment benefits each day Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education which was significantly increased during the Bush Administration to $176 million annually Rescinded the Global Gag Rule Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history including more women appointees than any other incoming president Committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq through the Defense Authorization Act Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs the largest spending increase in 30 years to improve medical facilities and national cemeteries, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities Strengthened the Endangered Species Act Empowered states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves. Fourteen states have allowed some use of marijuana for medical purposes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Maryland, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington Enhanced earth mapping Increased funding for national parks and forests in 2010, and plans to do it again for FY 2011 Allocated special funding to the Labor Department to provide green job training to veterans Allocated funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police or firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession Created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy 3.5% [as of December 31, 2009] through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Signed on to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009. The Act extends the Ryan White programs through 2013 Ordered a review by the Sentencing Commission of mandatory minimum sentences Signed the Travel Promotion Act of 2010 to increase travel to the United States Expanded the Rural Energy for America Program and USDA energy grants to empower farmers that want to use renewable energy Revitalized and empowered the EPA, OSHA and the SEC to protect workers and consumers by regulating business practices Signed the HIRE Act Did not apologize to BP for making them take responsibility for the mess they created, as the GOP has done Did not suggest that taxpayers foot the bill for the spill instead of BP, like John Boehner, Michele Bachmann, Tom Donohoe and other GOPers think we should Did not further injure out of work Americans by blocking the extension of unemployment benefits in June of 2010 Worked tirelessly to get Congress to work in a bipartisan manner and encouraged Democrats and Republicans to work together and compromise . Democrats did As the leader of the most powerful nation on earth, Barack Obama has inspired billions of people across the globe to take part in their political community, especially the youth populations Supported funding for deep space travel by NASA (incl. asteroids and Mars) Imposed a $500,000 cap on senior executives' pay for the most distressed financial institutions receiving federal bailout money Developed new Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans Announced the long-term development of a national energy grid with renewable sources and cleaner, efficient energy production Held first Seder ever in the White House Backed the START Treaty Stood for the food safety regulation bill President Obama pushed for the successful passage of comprehensive health care reform; signed into law a financial reform package related to Wall Street; nominated two of the only four women ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court; and presided over the departure of U.S. combat troops from Iraq after seven years. He also was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." Quit smoking cigarettes as a leader and role model to set an example of a healthier lifestyle Guantanamo Bay closed. Human rights were being breached so now the prisoners (some American citizens) can have fair treatment. Removed Troops from Iraq. Relieving military stress, lowering war costs, strengthening Iraq's infrastructure Health Care Reform will insure all Americans, would lower costs of treatment, increase quality of medical care Economic Stimulus, etc. Expensive measures were necessary to revitalize the economy, jobs are being created slowly but surely, Obama is not at fault for the mounting economic struggles, he inherited them. Appointed nation's first Chief Technology officer Signed financial reform law establishing a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to look out for the interests of everyday Americans Signed financial reform law requiring lenders to verify applicants' credit history, income, and employment status. Signed financial reform law prohibiting banks from engaging in proprietary trading (trading the bank's own money to turn a profit, often in conflict with their customers' interests). Signed financial reform law allowing shareholders of publicly traded companies to vote on executive pay. Provided $12.2 Billion in new funding for Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Extended Benefits to same-sex partners of federal employee. Implemented voluntary disclosure of White House visitors for the first time in US history. Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the FDA the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco for the first time. Developed stimulus package, which includes approx. $18 billion for non-defense scientific research and development. He's worked hard to please both sides of the political spectrum and work with republicans to pass fair legislation. He wants people to pay more attention to their kids. He got Bin Laden. Has been one of the most (if not the most) fiscally responsible presidents in the past 60 years. See the graph in the related links section that shows his spending compared to the recent presidents back through Ronald Reagan. Don't believe the politically-driven lies that he is spending more than all others. The economic reports show the opposite. See also the related question below asking for opinions about what he has done wrong so far.
Asked in US Presidents, Barack Obama
What are the names of Barack Obama's daughters?
The President has two children, both daughters. Their names are Malia Ann, born on July 4, 1998, and "Sasha"(Natasha), born on June 10, 2001. From the available information, it would appear that Sasha does not have a given middle name. Her first name is Natasha, but she seems to prefer her nickname, Sasha.
Who elects the US president?
The Electoral College elects the president. The members, called electors, are elected by the popular vote of the citizens of each state in the general election, which is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The candidates for elector have the same party affiliations as the candidates for president and VP and citizens select the electors accordingly. Often the names of the electors do not appear on the ballot, just the candidates they represent. However electors are not legally bound to cast their votes according to the wishes of the citizens who selected them, which means the Electoral College officially and truly elects the president and VP. Each state gets a number of votes in the electoral college equal to the total number of Representatives in the House of Representatives plus two for its two senators. Each state is thus guaranteed at least 3 electoral votes. Washington D.C. also 3 electoral votes due to the 23rd amendment. The electors then officially elect the president and vice-president on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December following the general election. The electors meet in their respective state capitals and vote. Their votes are signed , certified and sealed and sent to the president of the US Senate who in the presence of both houses of Congress opens and counts them . The president and vice president candidates run as a team, even though voters and electors are not required to vote for both the presidential and VP candidates from a party, and both are elected in the same way by the same electoral college. If no candidate for President receives the required majority of the electoral vote, the House of Representatives chooses the president from among the top three candidates via a special election in which each state gets one vote. The same procedure takes place in the Senate if no VP candidate gets the required majority of electoral votes. Article II and the 12th Amendment to the US Constitution specify the election process. Electoral votes determine the President of the United States. To win the U.S. Presidency a candidate must win a majority of the electoral votes.
Asked in US Presidents
Who is the President of The United States of America?
Who was the first President of the United States?
General George Washington (1732-1799) was the first President of the United States of America under the US Constitution. He was elected in 1787 and again in 1792 and served as President from April 30,1789 until March 4, 1797. The Hanson argument-- Sometimes, John Hanson is referred to as the first US president due to his ancestors' success of convincing the Maryland Legislature that he was the first President to serve under the articles of Confederation--- but that is NOT the same as the elected President of the US. The Hanson Family's lobbying effort was so complete that in 1903 Maryland included his statue, as one of two, allocated for each state in the US Capitol's Statuary Hall. Although Hanson served as President of the United States Congress Assembled, under the Articles of Confederation, , this was very different from that of a modern-day U.S. Presidency. Moreover, Hanson was actually the third President of the United States in Congress Assembled. The Articles of Confederation Presidency lineage as follows: Samuel Huntington was the first President of the United States in Congress Assembled. This was under the Articles of Confederation, March 1, 1781 to July 6, 1781. Thomas McKean was the second President of the United States in Congress Assembled elected on July 10th, 1781 and served until November 4th, 1781. John Hanson was the third President of the United States in Congress Assembled. He was elected by the United States in Congress Assembled Delegates on November 5, 1781 to November 4, 1782. He was the first President to serve a full one year term under the Articles of Confederation. The position of President of the United States Congress Assembled would be more closely analogous to the Prime Minister of a country with a parliament or the current position of Speaker of the House in the USA .
Asked in US Presidents, US Supreme Court
What US President later became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?
William Howard Taft is the only person in US History to serve as both President of the United States and and a member of the US Supreme Court. In 1921, President Warren G. Harding nominated Taft to replace Chief Justice Edward Douglas White, who had died in office. The Senate confirmed his nomination in a secret vote by a margin of 60-4. Taft presided over the Court until 1930, when he was forced to retire due to ill health.
Who approves the President's US Supreme Court appointments?
The Senate (Legislative branch) votes to confirm or reject the Presidents' (Executive branch) US Supreme Court (Judicial branch) nominees. Approval requires a simple majority of the Senators voting, unless a Senator attempts to block the vote by filibuster, in which case a three-fifths (60) vote is required to end the filibuster. under current Senate rules. For more information, see Related Questions, below. congress A+
Asked in Salary and Pay Rates, US Presidents
How much money does a US president earn?
The US president has earned $400,000 a year since 2001, along with a $150,000 expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account and $19,000 for official entertaining and $10,000 per year in franking expenses (letters and postage). All of the President's salary and expenses are approved by Congress. And all of this - except the $100,000 per year in travel expenses per year and the $10,000 per year in franking expenses - is taxable income. Obama's total is $569,000 - Salary - $400,000 - Expense Account - $50,000 - Travel Account - $100,000 - Entertainment Account - $19,000
How long is a term of office for a US president?
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How many US Presidents have there been?
There have been 44 men who served as US President as of 2011. It is often said that President Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America. However, President Obama is only the 43rd different person to serve as President of the United States. This is due to the fact that President Grover Cleveland served non-consecutive terms and so is usually counted as both the 22nd and the 24th President.
Which US Presidents were assassinated?
US Presidents who were assassinated and their assassins: Abraham Lincoln: April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth James Garfield: July 2, 1881 by Charles Guiteau William McKinley: September 6, 1901 by Leon Czolgosz John Kennedy: November 22, 1963 by Lee Harvey Oswald More details on the assassinations 1) Abraham Lincoln was shot on Good Friday, April 14, 1865 at approximately 10:15 p.m. President Abraham Lincoln was shot by actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth while attending a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre with his wife and two guests. Lincoln died the following day-April 15, 1865-at 7:22 a.m., in the home of William Petersen. Booth was shot on April 26 in Virginia. 2) James Garfield was shot on July 2, 1881. He did not die until 2 months later, on September 19, 1881 and it is now believed that he died from blood poisoning due to poor medical treatment. Guiteau was tried, convicted, and hanged. The James A. Garfield assassination took place in Washington, D.C., at 9:30 a.m. on July 2, 1881, less than four months after Garfield took office. Charles J. Guiteau was the assassin. Garfield died 11 weeks later, on September 19, 1881 due to infections caused by substandard medical care. 3) William McKinley was shot twice on September 6, 1901 and died September 14, 1901. The assassin was anarchist Leon F. Czolgosz who was convicted and electrocuted. 4) John F. Kennedy was shot at 12:30 PM CDT November 22, 1965, and was dead on arrival at Parkland General Hospital in Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby two days later. Kennedy was shot while riding with his wife Jacqueline in a presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza. Although Kennedy was not formally declared dead until half an hour after the shooting, he effectively died instantaneously. The ten-month investigation of the Warren Commission of 1963-1964 concluded that Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, an employee of the Texas School Book Depository in Dealey Plaza. The United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) of 1976-1979 later determined that Kennedy's murder was probably the result of a conspiracy that included Oswald. Unsuccessful attempts at assassination There have been about two dozen actual attempts on many other Presidents. Andrew Jackson was not hurt after a man pointed two different pistols at him at close range and pulled their triggers, but miraculously they both failed to fire. Theodore Roosevelt was shot while running again for President in 1912, and the bullet remained in him until his death in 1919. Ronald Reagan was shot two months after his inauguration in 1981, but fortunately survived the ricochet wound that penetrated his lung. Gerald Ford was the target of two female assassins, fired upon once but was not hit. William mckinely
Asked in US Civil War, US Presidents, Abraham Lincoln
When was Abraham Lincoln born?
What is impeachment?
Impeachment is the process used by a legislative body to bring charges of wrongdoing against a public official. Basically, it is the indictment of an appointed or elected public officer on serious criminal charges. The legal basis for impeachment is stated in Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution: "The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." The House of Representatives is the only body that can impeach federal officials. If a federal official is impeached, a trial by the Senate follows, which is where guilt and the potential removal from office is debated. It is important not to confuse impeachment with conviction. Impeachment is just a formal accusation; it is only the first step in removing a public official from office. The idea of impeachment in the United States is usually discussed in reference to the president, although only two presidents have ever actually been impeached, compared to seventeen officials in other positions. Andrew Johnson was impeached on February 24, 1868, on charges of violating the Tenure of Office Act by removing Secretary of War Edwin Stanton from office. William ("Bill") Clinton was impeached on December 19, 1998, on charges of lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstruction of justice. Both Johnson and Clinton were acquitted in the Senate. Impeachment proceedings against Richard Nixon had made it out of committee, but he resigned from office on August 9th, 1974 before it could be debated on the House floor. Impeachment inquiries have been attempted on a number of presidents throughout the United States' history, including John Tyler, Harry Truman, and Ronald Reagan. In fact, every elected president since 1980 has been the subject of at least one Congressional resolution that suggested impeachment inquiries.
What US president was elected four times?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was the only U.S. President elected to four terms: 1932, 1936, 1940 and 1944. He died on April 12, 1945, only three months into his fourth term, and was succeeded by his Vice President, Harry Truman. On February 27, 1951, almost 7 years after FDR's death, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified essentially limiting the term of the U.S. President to two 4-year terms.* Prior to the 22nd Amendment, there was no limit on the number of terms a President could service. Prior to FDR, Presidents followed a precedent set by George Washington to only serve two terms, even though they were not required to limit themselves. *The 22nd Amendment actually allows an individual to serve a maximum of 10 years as President, but they can only be elected as President for 2 terms. In order for an individual to serve as President for 10 years, they would have to first be Vice President and assume the Presidency with less than 2 years remaining of the outgoing President's term, and then win 2 terms as President.
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Who was the first president to serve eight full years?
Thomas Jefferson was first to be in office a full eight years, from 4 March 1801 to 4 March 1809. George Washington , the first president, served two full terms, but his first term started late and began on April 30 , instead of the intended March 4, date due to delays in the government set up, in this very first presidential election. Therefore his first term was a little short of four years and he did not serve a full eight years.
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When did Thanksgiving become a national holiday?
President Lincoln signed a proclamation in 1863 asking "all Americans to ask God to "commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife" and to "heal the wounds of the nation." He made the fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day. Congress would riot make Thanksgiving a national holiday until 1870. The first official US holidays were declared by Congress on June 28, 1870. New Years Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day were all declared holidays in the first act. George Washington's Birthday was declared a holiday in 1871. Interesting Facts: According to Title 5 of the US Code, neither Congress or the President has the authority to declare a holiday that must be enforced by the states - Federal holidays are only applicable to Federal employees and the District of Columbia. Each state chooses which holidays it will recognize. QUOTE: "The act of June 28, 1870, which was apparently prompted by a memorial drafted by local "bankers and business men," provided that New Year's Day, Independence Day, Christmas Day, and "any day appointed or recommended by the President of the United States as a day of public fasting or thanksgiving [were] to be holidays within the District." This legislation was drafted "to correspond with similar laws of States around the District,"3 and "in every State of the Union."
What former US presidents are still alive?
As of February, 2012. there are four US ex-Presidents still alive. These are, in order of Presidency: Jimmy Carter (born October 1, 1924 ) , lives in Atlanta. GA George H. W. Bush (born June 12, 1924), lives in Houston, TX Bill Clinton (born August 19, 1946 ) , lives in New York City George W. Bush (born July 6, 1946 ), lives near Crawford, Texas. The most recent presidents to die were Ford in December 2006, Reagan in June 2004/
How many times did President G.W. Bush travel during his presidency?
He was titled the 'Vacation President' because he took over 900 days off in his 8 years in the white house. Also took a five-week long vacation in August, 2005, which no other president has ever done. Known as the first American President to have spent so much money on unofficial travel in American history. He would fly down for vacations, to his ranch in Texas using the Air Force It amounted to 77 such trips, costing (then) $56,000 to $68,000 per hour. This was my granddaughter's report...5th grader 10 yrs old. Just gave it in March 2013.
Who are all of the Presidents of the United States?
List of US Presidents In Order with Dates of Service. George Washington | 1789-1797 John Adams | 1797-1801 | Federalist Thomas Jefferson | 1801-1809 | Democratic-Republican James Madison Jr. | 1809-1817 | Democratic-Republican James Monroe | 1817-1825 | Democratic-Republican John Quincy Adams | 1825-1829 | Democratic-Republican Andrew Jackson | 1829-1837 | Democrat Martin Van Buren | 1837-1841 | Democrat William Henry Harrison | 1841 |Whig | One month before dying in office John Tyler | 1841-1845 | Whig James Knox Polk | 1845-1849 | Democrat Zachary Taylor | 1849-1850 | Whig | died in office Millard Fillmore | 1850-1853 | Whig Franklin Pierce | 1853-1857 | Democrat James Buchanan Jr. | 1857-1861 | Democrat Abraham Lincoln | 1861-1865 | Republican | assassinated in 2nd term Andrew Johnson | 1865-1869 | Democrat/National Union (Hiram) Ulysses (S.) Grant | 1869-1877 | Republican Rutherford Birchard Hayes | 1877-1881 | Republican James Abram Garfield | 1881 | Republican | Assassinated before serving one year Chester Alan Arthur | 1881-1885 | Republican (Stephen) Grover Cleveland | 1885-1889 | Democrat Benjamin Harrison | 1889-1893 | Republican (Stephen) Grover Cleveland | 1893-1897 | Democrat | Same as above, just a second, later, term William McKinley | 1897-1901 | Republican | Assassinated in 2nd term Theodore Roosevelt Jr. | 1901-1909 | Republican William Howard Taft | 1909-1913 | Republican | Also served as a Chief Justice (Thomas) Woodrow Wilson | 1913-1921 | Democrat Warren Gamaliel Harding | 1921-1923 | Republican | Died in office (John) Calvin Coolidge | 1923-1929 | Republican Herbert Clark Hoover | 1929-1933 | Republican Franklin Delano Roosevelt | 1933-1945 | Democrat | Died early in 4th term Harry S. Truman | 1945-1953 | Democrat Dwight David ("Ike") Eisenhower | 1953-1961 | Republican John Fitzgerald ("Jack") Kennedy | 1961-1963 | Democrat | Assassinated in 1st term Lyndon Baines Johnson | 1963-1969 | Democrat Richard Milhous Nixon | 1969-1974 | Republican | Resigned in 2nd term Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. | 1974-1977 | Republican | Completed Nixon's 2nd term James Earl ("Jimmy") Carter Jr. | 1977-1981 | Democrat Ronald Wilson Reagan | 1981-1989 | Republican George Herbert Walker Bush | 1989-1993 | Republican William Jefferson ("Bill") Clinton | 1993- 2001 | Democrat George Walker Bush | 2001-2009 | Republican Barack Hussein Obama II | 2009-2017 | Democrat Donald John Trump | 2017- | Republican