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United States. Executive Office of the President


Historical Information

President of the United States, U.S. Constitution chief executive officer of the federal government, administrative head of the Executive Department of the government, and commander in chief of the armed forces of the nation. Authority providing for the office of president is derived from the U.S. Constitution, which, in Article II, Section 1, states that “the executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.” The duties and qualifications of the president, term of office, mode of selection and remuneration, grounds and procedure for removal from office, and methods for replacement should the president not complete the term of office are described in Article II of the Constitution, as well as in the 12th, 22d, and 25th Amendments. A number of presidential powers are either explicitly stated in or are inferred from other articles of the Constitution. Still other powers are vested in the president by congressional measures based on constitutional provisions for such enactments.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia. 2018, Accession Number: pr129600