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President vs Prime Minister: Trivia about The Head of State

Trivia about the head of state

What is the difference between the president and the prime minister?

Both mean the top of the national administration.

In the case of the parliamentary cabinet system, the “prime minister” corresponds to the head of state, and in the case of the presidential system, the “president” corresponds to the head of state.

There are also countries where both the president and the prime minister exist.

For example, Germany, France, Russia and South Korea.

What is the difference between these countries, where both the president and the prime minister exist?

These roles depend on the constitution of each country.

In Germany, the president is a formal head of state, with the prime minister having political power.

In Russia and South Korea, the president is the top executive and the prime minister is the subordinate.

But in France, both are top.

Trivia about the President of the United States

The White House wasn’t white at first.

In 1800, the current US presidential residence, the White House, was built.

However, when it was built, the official residence was not white and the name White House did not exist.

This building was first painted white * after the War of 1812.

During the War of 1812, the area around the official residence in Washington, DC, was a battlefield, leaving many burn marks on the official residence.

After the end of the war, the official residence was painted white to hide its burn marks.

Thus, the official residence of the President of the United States became known as the White House.

* The name “White House” actually became popular around 1909, when the 26th President Theodore Roosevelt was in office.

The US presidential plane “Air Force One” is not only one.

The plane in which the President of the United States appears is called “Air Force One.”

However, this is not the name given to the aircraft in advance.

Air Force One is a sign that the president is on board.

Any plane is called Air Force One if the president is on board.

・References
https://tama.wtf/jp/society/current/president
CBC Kids: Prime minister vs. president: what’s the difference?

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