This questions came up in class the other day. Looking up the answer, I literally fell down a rabbit hole. The President it is a very busy person and I think what a president does in a day just might surpise you!
The president’s official day begins every morning with the President’s Daily Brief. The PDB is a highly classified, for the president’s eyes only, document that provides the president with information on what is going on around the country and around the world. Want to see an example and learn more about the PDF? Click here
The president then has to attend a number of meetings. Some are with Cabinet members, White House staff, and/or congressional leaders to talk about presidential policies or plans that need to the president’s attention. Sometimes these meetings are quick, sometimes these meetings last for several hours.
Remember, the president is an elected offical which means he/she has to keep the people who voted for him/her (his constituents) happy. That means the president is a very public person. The president gives a lot of speeches, not just about what is happening in the government but everyday events too like opening new important buildings, remembering past important events, thanking volunteers, and other items people might be interested in.
The President also has to attend a number of press events. Not just press conferences to explain how things are gong in the nation but inside looks at the White House or quick messages to the public on various issues. (S)He also takes time to congratulate important people and sporting events.
The President hosts meetings with foreign leaders. Some of these meetings are huge parties that take place at the White House. Others are smaller affairs located at people’s houses or other places.
The president is expected to travel, not only within the United States but other countries as well. The president travels for anything from official visits to important friendly countries, to participation in international meetings such as the United Nations General Assembly each fall, to political events in key states.
As you can see the president is very busy. Many people believe that the president’s health is very important. Becuase the president has so much stress he/she is expected to play a sport for health and relaxation reasons. Typically, the president spends 5-10 hours aweek engaged in some type of healthy excercise.
Now top off all of the above with emergencies that tend to happen during a presidency such as a report of a planned terrorist attack, a crisis in the Middle East, dire financial news from Europe, a domestic hot-button issue like healthcare legislation, looming budget and national debt issues . . . Can you imagine?
Had you realized the president was that busy? What surprised you when reading this article? Comment below…