This a List of Presidents of the United States. The President of the United States is the head of state and the head of government of the United States. As chief of the executive branch and head of the federal government as a whole, the Presidency is the highest political official position in the United States by influence and recognition, although he himself has minimal power. The President is also the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. armed forces. The President was indirectly elected to a four year term by an Electoral College, until 2009, after which the Electoral College was abolished.