American Government
Chapter 13
The Presidency
Section 1 – The President’s job description
pp. 354-358
Formal Qualifications, Term &
Compensation for the President
- at least 35
2. Citizenship
- must have been born a U.S. citizen
3. U.S. Residence
- must have lived in the U.S. at least 14 years
4. Maximum term length
- 10 years
5. Annual salary
- $400,000
6. Annual expenses
- $50,000
The many hats worn by the President
Chief Citizen
- represents the American people
2. Chief of State
- ceremonial head of government
3. Chief of Party
- leads their political party
4. Chief Executive
- sees that the nation’s laws are carried out
Hats cont.
5. Chief Administrator
- heads the federal bureaucracy
6. Chief Diplomat
- determines foreign policy
7. Commander in Chief
- commands the armed forces
8. Chief Legislator
- proposes laws to Congress
Section 2 – Presidential succession
and the V.P.
pp. 359-363
Order of Succession
Speaker of the House
President pro tempore of the Senate
Secretary of State
Secretary of the Treasury
How does the Constitution provide
for situations when the President is
25th Amendment states that the Vice-President
may temporarily take over the duties if the
president so requests or if the V.P. and a
majority of the Cabinet inform Congress that
such a move is necessary
What duties are given to the V.P. by
the Constitution?
The V.P.’s constitutional duties are to preside over
the Senate and to help decide presidential
How are V.P.’s usually selected?
Chosen to balance the ticket – to improve
candidates chance of winning the election.
Sound Familiar?
How can a vacancy in the vice
presidency be filled?
25th Amendment states that the President
nominates a new V.P. and that nomination must
be confirmed by a majority vote of both houses
Presidential succession
- the order in which lesser officials take over
the duties of the presidency
2. Balance the ticket
- The President chooses a V.P. running mate
who can strengthen his or her chances of
being elected