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028 What is the name of the President of the United States now?

28. What is the name of the President of the United States now?
• George W. Bush
• George Bush
• Bush

The American Dream is the idea that Americans can do and become anything they want to through hard work. Children are brought up (or raised) to believe that if they work hard enough, they can even become the president of the United States. Almost any American can become president. There are three requirements for becoming president: citizenship, residency, and age. Let’s look at them one at a time.

To become president of the United States you must be a U.S. citizen, or someone who legally is part of the United States and who can vote here. The only exception is if you are a U.S. citizen who was born abroad (or in another country) but whose parents were both U.S. citizens. In this case, you can still become president. Anyone else, such as an immigrant who came to the United States at a very young age, even as a baby, and became a citizen is not eligible (or does not meet the requirements) to become president.

The second requirement for becoming president is residency (or where a person has lived and for how long). To be president, in addition to being a citizen you must also have lived in the United States for 14 years. This requirement prevents (or makes it not possible for) someone who was born in the United States but then spent his or her whole life in another country from becoming president.

Finally, there is an age requirement for becoming president. The president of the United States must be at least 35 years old. So far, the youngest president elected has been John F. Kennedy, who was 43 when he became president. There is no maximum age limit (or upper end). So far, the oldest president has been Ronald Reagan, who was 76 years old when his presidency ended.

And those are the only three requirements for being president. There are no restrictions or limitations on whether the president is a man or woman, what skin color the president has, what religion the president follows, or anything else. It’s all part of the idea of the great American Dream.


American Dream – the idea that Americans can do and become anything they want to through hard work, making a life that is better than what their parents had
* Margot came to the United States because she believed in the American Dream and wanted to work hard to start her own business and buy her own home.

to bring up (a person) – to raise a child; to help a child grow up and become an adult
* Tammy was brought up in Southern Utah.

citizen – a person who is part of a country; a person who belongs to a country
* Mugabe was born in Uganda, but his mother was an American, so he is a citizen of both countries.

abroad – overseas; in another country
* Did you study abroad while you were in college?

eligible – meeting the requirements to do something; allowed to do something because one meets all of the requirements
* Students have to do really well in school to be eligible for those scholarships.

residency – where a person has lived and for how long
* College is cheaper if you have residency in the state where you are studying.

to prevent – to make something impossible; to make something else not be able to happen
* The law tries to prevent people from buying alcohol if they are less than 21 years

limit – the lower or upper end of a range; the minimum or maximum amount of something
* The speed limit on this road is 40 miles per hour.