A day in the life of the President of the United States

He’s the Commander in Chief of the world’s most powerful military, head of his political party, and leader of the free world. His decisions can help quell a crisis or trigger war, and his words will be heard across the globe.

He’s the President of the United States, and he’s got the world’s toughest job.

Plans and schedules can change in a heartbeat when a crisis happens, so there is no “typical day” for the President. Every day yields new challenges.

But if all goes well for the President on a normal day in Washington, D.C., he’ll get about six hours of sleep before he starts it all over again.

Paul Szoldra wrote the original version of this story.

He arrives at the Oval Office between 8:30 and 9 a.m., and gets a rundown on the day's schedule from his personal secretary, Ferial Govashiri (right).

Source: NBC News

On rare occasions, he'll talk to the press.

And he'll usually have dinner with his family around 6:30pm.

Source: NBC News

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