The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America."
--Article II, Section 1,
The Constitution of the United States
In order for a person to become President, he or she must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, be at least 35 years of age, and have resided in the United States for at least 14 years. Once elected, the President serves a term of four years and may be re-elected only once.
Each day the President talks with advisors and experts so that he can be well informed about the many important issues that affect our nation. For example, he discusses domestic policy and current events with members of Congress, his Cabinet, and staff; meets with heads of state and foreign dignitaries to advance international understanding; and sees many visitors who have been invited to the White House to offer their advice.
Being President also involves a great deal of travel, both around the world and within the United States. One of President Clinton's greatest joys is meeting Americans in their neighborhoods and communities and learning about their lives. When he is working at the White House, President Clinton tries to stay in close touch with the American people through weekly radio addresses, by holding press conferences, and by working with his staff to answer his mail.
Being President is both challenging and rewarding. President Clinton encourages all young people who want to enter public service to do their best in school, to become informed about current events, and to reach out to help people in their communities. Being an elected official means considering the needs of our country's citizens and having a plan for positive change.