According to the US Constitution to be President of the United States you have to
- be a natural-born citizen of the United States;
- be at least thirty-five years old;
- have been a permanent resident in the United States for at least fourteen years.
Unfortunately, there are now a few other requirements:
- you must be wealthy
- you must be a member of one of the 2 major political parties
- you have to be somewhat photogenic
If you happen to be one of the few who meets these requirements, you must then drop all personal beliefs and fall in line with the part platform and pander to the party base in order to get elected.
Once elected, your entire first term is spent rewarding loyal advisers and campaign contributors with appointments. You then get about a year to do the actual job before you are once again back on the trail for re-election and doing little as actual president for fear that you might anger the party base. if you do get re-elected, you get a couple of years to try to establish a legacy before you are considered a lame duck and the country begins looking for the next rich loyal party member they want to elect.
No wonder things never seem to get better.