A presidential schedule

In honor of Presidents’ Day in the U.S., I thought it might interest our readers to see what a typical day can be like for a president. The schedule full of meetings, appointments, conferences, and responsibilities is extensive.

For example, on Friday, June 20, 1947, President Harry Truman had 13 meetings and spoke to more than 100 people. On Thursday, June 20, 1957, President Dwight Eisenhower had a 12-hour day that also included meeting with close to 100 people.

Eisenhower’s schedule:

Unfortunately, not all former presidents have their daily appointment schedules online. However, it’s fun to check out Truman’s and
Eishenhower’s. See what happened on your birthday, the day you graduated high school, or the day your parents were married. Could you handle continuous meetings, appointments, conferences, and the responsibilities of a presidential schedule for four years or eight?

16 Comments for “A presidential schedule”

  1. posted by April on

    I wasn’t even alive until after they died. :/

  2. posted by Erin Doland on

    @April — I wasn’t alive, either. I just meant to look up a day, irrespective of the year πŸ™‚

  3. posted by Living the Balanced Life on

    I am glad I am not president. Could not keep up that pace for long, lol!

  4. posted by BevAnn on

    All I can think about is, how horrible I am with names, and how difficult it would be for me to meet to many people a day!! I’d have to do like I do now – just call them all “hon” or “Sweety” LOL Some President I’d make!

  5. posted by Springleaf on

    Cool website, but funny that the first day I looked at the president spect all of the morning playing golf!

  6. posted by Josh on

    Also worth noting that President Obama’s schedule is posted/archived on the http://whitehouse.gov website.

  7. posted by Dawn on

    I guess I don’t find the President’s schedule all that bad – he has countless staff members on hand to keep his day flowing smoothing and attend to his every whim.

    A mom’s typical daily schedule (which lasts WAY longer than a 4 or 8-year term and which starts earlier and ends later than the one illustrated) is just as packed with work, home, childcare and volunteer duties with rarely any assistance at all in planning, preparing, managing or executing a day packed with appointments, activities, meetings, chores, errands, deliveries, phone calls, etc., etc.

    I actually think it would be quite lovely to have a President’s Day calendar for one day. My food prepared, my reports printed, my transportation needs met, my laundry done – wow – sounds like a great day! πŸ™‚

  8. posted by ninakk on

    Dawn, don’t you have staff members in your family? Maybe it’s time for at least some of them to step up? πŸ™‚

  9. posted by Sarah on

    The Washington Post has a gadget called the POTUS Tracker that creates infographics of the President’s schedule.


    I went to grad school with a guy whose ultimate career goal was to be the presidential diarist–the poor soul who had to create those detailed records of Truman’s and Eisenhower’s days–and whenever he mentioned it in class, the instructors would get a look of horror on their faces and beg him to reconsider.

  10. posted by Another Deb on

    The President is one of the few people in the United States who works harder than a teacher. This is high praise from me πŸ™‚

  11. posted by Wendilou on

    I am tired just thinking about it!

  12. posted by sue on

    As far as “remembering” names, there are staff members who are in charge of giving the POTUS reminders and cues about the names of these people.

  13. posted by Jen on

    Being a mom is a really tough job. No sane person would ever argue that. Tougher than the President of the United States? That’s a bit of a stretch…though I suppose it depends on the president and on the mom in question.
    Look at pictures of presidents before they were elected to office and compare them to pictures taken after their terms were over. It’s like they’ve aged two or three times faster than everyone else.

  14. posted by Gal @ Equally Happy on

    I made the transition from actual work to management a few years ago and this post reminded me of some of what I learned. It seems like management is a lot more about talking to people and having meetings than it is about doing productive work. I suppose a president is the ultimate manager in that he has a lot of people doing the actual work for him but he spends most of this time talking to people, convincing them and building up support for his views.

  15. posted by Sandy on

    My birthday– a blank page except for the words “No Activity this date”

    The president took the day off for my birthday…. It was a Sunday, but other Sundays at least included church or golf…..

  16. posted by SunnyDays on

    Haha, on the day I was born, our President played 18 holes, had lunch at the country club, then went deep sea fishing. I could definitely handle such a schedule.

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