Talk:President of the United States of America
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In the opening section, it was mentioned that "43 men have served as President of the United States since the ratification of the Constitution". However, this is wrong, because there have only been 42 people serving as POTUS, with Grover Cleveland being both #22 and #24. That's why I corrected the sentence accordingly. But this in turn adds too much information that don't belong there. It could be mentioned further down in the article, but the opening section is there to give a short, concise description and other vital information about the subject matter, not go into details about the numbering of presidents. The article about the Pope wouldn't mention numbering problems in the opening section, but rather in the History section. --Christian Liem 20:05, 15 November 2007 (CST)
The second sentence is missing the Article no,. in the Constitution. Could someone please improve this page? because it should be a central reference page, really.--Martin Baldwin-Edwards 10:42, 26 December 2007 (CST)
- And Obama said 44 men have said the Oath. Good old Grover really, really confused the system. The biggest (I didn't say greatest, although pretty competent), William Howard Taft, weighed enough for two small Presidents. Maybe we can average oaths over mass.
- Yes, Papal naming is also a problem; when John Paul II claimed he selected his papal name for his two predecessor, should it not have been John Paul John Paul?
- Seriously, I can do some cleanup on constitutional issues. Basic Presidential issues are all in different sections of Article II; Congressional matters are in Article I. Some analysts argue that suggests Framers' Intent that the Congress would be the first branch among equals. Howard C. Berkowitz 23:15, 20 January 2009 (UTC)
- Well if we're counting, the oath was taken 64 times (55 administrations plus 9 VPs who stepped in on the death/resig. of the prez.).Russell D. Jones 22:12, 29 January 2009 (UTC)
The "President" of the United States during the Confederation period was the presiding officer of the Confederation Congress and not "The President of the United States." To claim otherwise makes it seem like the US had a president before 1789, which it did not. Russell D. Jones 23:36, 22 February 2009 (UTC)
- Fair enough. I guess it would make sense to begin the section with the Constitutional Convention, but I figured it would be less drastic to start with just correcting what it previously said a 3-member presidency under the Articles. Shamira Gelbman 23:47, 22 February 2009 (UTC)