George W. Bush behind wheel of vehicle (© AP Images)

Vacation, presidential style

When the president of the United States takes a vacation, it's not like those of ordinary Americans.
Destroyed palm trees and houses (© Helene Valenzuela/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. aids hurricane-battered countries across Caribbean

Even while meeting the needs of hurricane victims on its own shores, the U.S. is sending experts and vital supplies to Caribbean countries.
Donald Trump shaking hands with Reince Priebus behind a podium (© AP Images)

Meet Trump’s new top advisers

President-elect Trump has named Reince Priebus to be the White House's chief of staff and Stephen Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor.
Two U.S. maps, one with states sized according to their electoral votes (State Dept./J. Maruszewski; Images: © Shutterstock)

Understanding America’s Electoral College [infographic]

America’s Electoral College system is difficult to explain, but it has successfully enabled the election of presidents since the country’s founding.
Illustration of person standing at potted plant with hose someone else has shut off (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Foreign investors wanted, but security comes first

No country welcomes more foreign companies than the United States. They create nearly 7 million jobs. But the U.S. also seeks to ensure foreign countries don't get hold of technology that threatens national security.
Hands holding jar with label showing nutrition facts (© Shutterstock)

How the U.S. Food and Drug Administration protects public health

On World Food Safety Day, learn about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which ensures that the products people eat and drink are safe.
John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon, standing (© AP Images)

‘Those who lose accept the verdict’

In the United States, defeated political candidates acknowledge election losses publicly, knowing that they have the chance to compete and win another day.
People in business clothes sitting in a row (D.A. Peterson/State Dept.)

Africa’s future leaders head home

Young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa’s 49 countries are returning home with clearer visions, revived purpose, and stronger networks after a summer as Mandela Washington Fellows.
Left photo: Ronald Reagan sitting in chair next to radio equipment (© AP Images) Center photo: Jimmy Carter holding crops at his peanut farm (© PhotoQuest/Getty Images) Right photo: Gerald Ford wearing park ranger uniform in front of park office (Courtesy of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library)

U.S. presidents come from many professions

Many U.S. presidents previously held elective office, but not all. And some once held unusual jobs, which started them on their way.