Friday, April 18, 2014

P is for Presidents

This post was written by a student in the United States History class at Cedar Ridge Academy, a therapeutic boarding school that works as an accredited private high school and accepts international students. This boy worked hard on his research as shown by his thorough description below.  

P is for President
The president of the United States is the head of the executive branch of the United States government. The president is put into office by being elected by the majority of the United States citizens. A president is elected to serve a four year term. One person may only serve two terms as president. In order to qualify to become a candidate for presidency, you must have been born in the United States, you must currently be a citizen of America, you must be at least 35 years of age, and you must have lived in the U.S for at least fourteen years. The president earns a salary of $400,000 a year, and lives in the White house in Washington, D.C. He/ She also receive a $50,000 allowance for expenses, plus some additional money for traveling and maintenance expenses.

The United States president was the first of its democratic kind. The first ever president was George Washington. We have had forty-four presidents since then, all of them being men. The current president is Barack Obama, who also happens to be the first African-American president. This just goes to show how unique American presidents are compared to the rest of the world’s governmental leaders. Americans have pioneered many ideas and customs pertaining to government. Even a woman can become the president. This has never happened yet, but it almost did seven years ago when Hillary Clinton was the third runner-up. In most countries, this has been or is unheard of. Having openness in this area is an example and very representative of American ideology.

Generally, the president represents America as a whole. He is selected by everyone who votes as a citizen of the United States. The person is nominated as head of a political party by the members of that political party, and then every American citizen has the right to vote for the nominees of the different political parties. As the president, most big national issues fall onto him/her, even when they have nothing to do with it. The president’s job title is the chief of enforcement. This is a major reason why so much goes into his election. The vice president goes along with the president the entire way and does not require an election to be the vice president. In an event of emergency or death of the president, the vice president would then become president. This is the only way that a person can become president without being elected by the citizens of America. There is an entire lineup of people that would become president in event of extreme emergency or death of vice president and etc. This list has no end to it. All of these characteristics are what makes the president so important to the U.S, and so unique compared to the rest of the world.

Appleby, Joyce, et al. The American Journey. Chicago, Glencoe, © 2003.

Cronin, Thomas E. “President.” World Book. Ed. Scott Fetzer. Chicago: World Book Inc, © 2005, p. 758

1 comment:

  1. Very well researched and written! Keep up the good work!