I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I feel like presidents are everywhere – they create public campaigns for themselves and for other politicians that have the same ideas as them, they promote their agenda with the public and Congress, host different events at the White House, go to social celebrations, develop new ideas and strategies regarding the life in the country, and so many other things.
But this is not enough information, we need to know more. So, what, precisely, does the President of the United States of America do all day? What hour does he wake up, how much time does he spend on strategies, how many hours is he working in a day? Is it like a full-time job, like a 9 to 5, or is his schedule a little more flexible?
As we already know, being responsible for so much power is not something easy to do. Being the president of a country doesn’t refer only to public speeches and attending social events with foreign leaders.
It’s also the day-to-day management of an apparatus that, in conformity with Terry Sullivan, executive director of the White House Transition Project, a nonpartisan group that assists incoming presidential administrations in settling in, is “bigger and more impactful” than the role of CEO of a major global corporation.
One method to evaluate the job is to count how many hours the commander-in-chief works each day. According to Sullivan, in recent decades, presidents have almost immediately begun working more than they did on day one.
It has been found that each president’s day lengthened by approximately 10% from the first day he arrived to the 100th day, in conformity with an unpublished data collection Sullivan collected on the first 100 days of the presidencies of Dwight Eisenhower through George H.W. Bush, or 1953 through 1993.
Sullivan revealed to Live Science that even president Jimmy Carter, who worked nearly 18 hours a day, stretched his schedule by adding an extra 8% from his first day in the office to the 100th.