Becoming President of the United States may seem like a dream job. The road to get there is hard enough, standing out amongst other political figures within your party to be nominated as the person that will represent them. And then there is the exhausting process of campaigning, often throwing mean jabs, half-truths about your opponent, all to gain support from undecided voters. The person who is elected President of the U.S. not only governs over the 325 million Americans, but is also responsible for the political stability around the globe. Everything from education, health care, infrastructures, the environment, and the military, among other departments, fall under his responsibility to succeed. It’s no wonder the men who have served this great country age at rapid speeds. Having the weight of the world on one man’s shoulder is a heavy burden to carry.Exiting President Barack Obama was all smiles with wife Michelle. A contrast to the day he was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. The Obamas appeared tense and overwhelmed with the future that lay ahead for them.
He made promises of many changes happening as soon as he was in the White House.
Keeping to tradition, President Obama left behind a letter addressed to President Trump.
He did admit it was beautiful though. “I doubt too many of them were written in this manner. He really – in fact, I called him and thanked him for the thought that was put into that letter,” Trump told Muir.
At 70 years of age, Trump is the oldest person to take over the presidency.
His wife Melanie is the second First Lady to be born outside the United States. Melanie Trump was born in Slovenia, while First Lady Louise Adams was born in London, England.
It has been three months since he took office and already there have been plenty of headlines filled with controversies. Whether any of these pan out or not, that doesn’t take away the fact that it makes life that much harder for the President.
The former actor and California governor become known for his economic policy that came to be referred to as “Reaganomics.” Reagan is credited with being a key player in ending the Cold War when he famously told then leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev to “Tear down this wall.”
Carter only served for one term as president. Some blame it on the handling of the 52 Americans taken hostage in the U.S embassy in Tehran, Iran on January 20, 1981. American diplomats and citizens were held for 444 days.
Bush 41, as he is often referred to, had a long political career serving as senator, former ambassador to the United Nations, Director of Central Intelligence, and the ultimate seat of President of the United States.
The two-term president was not without scandals and the political opposition asking for his resignation or impeachment after the Lewinsky sex scandal. His hair went from salt and pepper during his inauguration at 46 years old to snow white eight years later.
From Clinton, George W. Bush made history after becoming the 43rd President of the United States.
His quirky sense of humour, straight cowboy talk, led many to believe the former president was not very smart.
New York Times columnist David Brooks said the president “was 60 IQ points smarter in private than he was in public. He doesn’t want anybody to think he’s smarter than they are, so puts on a Texas act. It becomes so deep, it’s part of him now. I’ve rarely seen a person whose off-the-record manner is so different from his on-the-record manner.”
Bush had the daunting job of uniting the nation while retaliating for the plane attacks in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
His aggressive $15 billion spending over five years for countries plagued with the disease, decreased the AIDS/HIV rate by 10 percent and saved millions of lives around the world.
Despite that, Bush left the presidency with a low approval rating.
Jan 20, 2009 Dear Barack, Congratulations on becoming our President. You have just begun a fantastic chapter in your life. Very few have had the honor of knowing the responsibility you now feel. Very few know the excitement of the moment and the challenges you will face. There will be trying moments. The critics will rage. Your “friends” will disappoint you. But, you will have an Almighty God to comfort you, a family who loves you, and a country that is pulling for you, including me. No matter what comes, you will be inspired by the character and compassion of the people you now lead. God bless you. Sincerely, GW
“She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like,” Bush said.
Bush was not only friendly to the Obamas during the inauguration, but has also stayed away from criticizing his successor. “I don’t think it’s good for the country to have a former president undermine a current president; I think it’s bad for the presidency for that matter,” Bush told Fox News.
Barack Obama is only 55 years old, but he has gone through a lot during his time as the 44th President of the United States.
There is talk about him writing a book.
An Obama spokesperson told CNN that the former Commander in Chief is a private citizen now, therefore, his itinerary is as well.
Trump seemed overwhelmed at the amount of work that is ahead of him for at least the next four years.
Going by his tweets and the headlines, Trump will have plenty of white hair and wrinkles in the next couple of years if not months.