President of the United States of America
Former political post
Great Seal of the United States (obverse)
Standard of the President
President of the United States of America
Predecessor None
Successor None (Director of the Executive Council - 1913)
First officeholder Alexander Hamilton
Last officeholder None
Official residence White Palace
Appointer Electoral College
Political office started October 1921
Political office ended

For a list of Presidents, see List of Presidents of the United States

The President of the United States of America (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of the United States. The president leads the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces. The person in this position is the leader of the country which has the largest economy and the largest military, with command authority over the largest active nuclear arsenal. The president is frequently described as the most powerful person in the world.

Article II of the U.S. Constitution and later revesions of the Constitution vests the executive power of the United States in the president and charges him with the execution of federal law, alongside the responsibility of appointing federal executive, diplomatic, regulatory, and judicial officers, and concluding treaties with foreign powers. The president is further empowered to grant federal pardons and reprieves, and to convene and adjourn either or both houses of Congress under extraordinary circumstances.Since the founding of the United States, the power of the president and the federal government have grown substantially, beginning with early amendments to the Constitution. The expansion of the Presidential term to six years and increased legislative authority has led to years of controversy. Several Presidents presiding across the nation's short history have been accused as dictators, due to their long tenure's and often controversial impositions.

The president is  indirectly elected by the people through the Electoral College to a six -year term, and is one of only two nationally elected federal officers, the other being the Vice President of the United States.

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