Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the 37th and incumbent President of the United States


The White House, the residence of the President

The President of the United States of Atlantis (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. As chief of the executive branch and head of the federal government as a whole, the presidency is the highest political office in the United States by influence and recognition. The president is frequently described one of the most powerful people in the world, the other being the Prime Minister of Britannia.

Article II of the U.S. 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 with the advice and consent of the Senate. 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, and each modern president, despite possessing no formal legislative powers beyond signing or vetoing congressionally-passed bills, is largely responsible for dictating the legislative agenda of his party and the foreign and domestic policy of the United States.

Upon the death, resignation, or removal from office of an incumbent President, the Vice President assumes the office. The President must be at least 35 years of age, has to have lived in the United States for 14 years, and has to be a citizen (natural born or naturalized) of the United States without possessing any foreign citizenships. The president is directly elected by the people and is one of only two nationally elected federal officers, the other being the Vice President of the United States.

The Twenty-second Amendment, adopted in 1951, prohibits a person from being elected to the presidency for more than three terms, and being elected to the presidency more than once if that person previously had served as president, or acting president, for more than two years of another person's term as president. In all, 34 individuals have served 34 presidencies spanning 56 full four-year terms. On January 1, 2013, Arnold Schwarzenegger became the 35th and current president and is currently serving the 57th term, which ends on January 1, 2017.

George Washington, the first president, was inaugurated in 1789. Of the individuals elected as president, two (Lewis Cass and John F. Kennedy) were assassinated, the two of three to have ever died in office, with the other being Franklin D. Roosevelt. Cass spent the shortest time in office with 1 year and 95 days, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, with twelve years, spent the longest. Andrew Jackson, the sixth president, was the first to be elected by white men of all classes in 1824 after most laws barring non-land-owners from voting were repealed. Robert LaFollette was the first elected after women gained voting rights in 1917. Seven presidents (Smith, two Kennedys, Castro, Trudeau, Mulroney, Estevez) were Eastern Catholic, and the rest have been Western Catholic. Fidel Castro was the first president of Castilian-Atlantean heritage and Pierre Trudeau was the first of French descent. Dennis Haysbert was the first African-Atlantean president. The current president, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is the first to have been born outside the United States.


Living former presidents

As of 2015, four former presidents are alive: Fidel Castro, Brian Mulroney, Bob Dole, Ramon Estevez, and Dennis Haysbert. Also, three former vice presidents are alive: Donald Rumsfeld, Dennis Haysbert, and Alan Dale. Dale is the only one who did not go on to become president. The most recent presidential death was Pierre Trudeau in 2000 and the most recent vice presidential death was George McGovern in 2012.