Leading our country through thick and thin, the President of the United States is one of the most influential people in the world. The US president leads the government of the world’s only superpower, holding responsibility for the most expensive military in the world. Such a position may seem unattainable, but is it really? Can an average person be president? Can you be president? And more importantly, how would you even go about becoming president? Well, in this four part blog series, that will all be answered in detail in order to make the position of the president seem just a bit less unreachable.
Can You Be President?
The requirements to be president are, in fact, quite modest. You must be a natural-born US citizen who has lived in the country for at least 14 years and you must be at least 35 years old. There aren’t any educational or work experience requirements, so any random 35 year old US-born citizen could potentially be president, but that’s not really how it tends to work in practice. After all, there are some qualities that make certain people better candidates than others, which is what we’ll go over next.
Qualities You Should Have
While there aren’t many actual requirements to be president, there are some things that are incredibly beneficial for a potential president. In fact, you could call them almost necessary:
Public Speaking Skills — Both presidents and presidential candidates do a lot of public speaking. Candidates debate and perform speeches in front of hundreds, even thousands, and even more watch from the comfort of their homes. Presidents, too, speak a lot. They talk in front of huge crowds as the face of the country. While someone with poor public speaking skills could technically become president, most people won’t care to listen to someone who can’t speak well, no matter how good their ideas are.
Political Experience — Our country has had 45 presidents, but only 6 have had no political experience before being elected. While it is certainly possible to become president without having had any prior political experience, it only serves as an extra obstacle to getting elected.
Political Knowledge — As the head of our government, the president is expected to know about our political system and have well thought out opinions on political issues of all varieties. While (once again) not required, presidents are elected for their political beliefs, so not knowing about our political system is a serious detriment.
How Are Presidents Even Elected?
We all know that you vote for whichever party’s candidate aligns best with your views, but how is the president chosen? And how is each party’s candidate chosen? In summary, each state gets a number of Electoral College votes (based on population) and “electors” vote for whichever party received the most votes in that state’s election. The Electoral College votes are what are actually counted by Congress and used to determine who the new president is. Each party’s nominee for president is decided at their presidential nominating convention in which delegates from each state vote for candidates and the candidate with the majority of the votes becomes that party’s presidential candidate.
So Can You Really Be President?
Well, the answer to that question depends on who you are, of course, but with enough preparation, you probably can. So why not give it a shot? The country can only be improved if people work to improve it, after all. And if you ever need information on your possible competitors or any other political information, make sure to check out Voterly for anything you could ever want. The next part in this series will cover how you can get political experience, so make sure to stay tuned for that.