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May 16 2016

Qualifications to be President of the USA

The oath of office for the President of the U.S. swears to:

. . . faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

There are two areas mentioned:

  1. to “faithfully execute the office of President” – the Constitution requires the President to:
    • serve as the Commander in Chief
    • “take care that the laws be faithfully executed”
    • set foreign policy and make treaties (with the consent of the Senate)
    • appoint ambassadors, Supreme Court justices, and other officers (with the consent of the Senate)

    In order to execute these responsibilities well, the President should have some level of experience and/or ability in the following areas:

    • military knowledge or experience
    • legal knowledge or experience
    • knowledge or experience with foreign affairs
    • knowledge or experience with making staffing decisions
  2. to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution” – in order to fulfill this item, the President must have an intimate familiarity with the Constitution, and must understand that it is, “the supreme law of the land”, and must honor this part of the oath with some degree of respect and reverence.