Editors' pick: Originally published Oct. 28.In America, we have the popular saying that anybody can grow up and become president someday. Little did we know how literally some people would take that.
You see, there's no one set of skills that can prepare someone for the presidency. It's a job that involves skill and judgment in almost too many fields, which can come from diverse backgrounds. The only real requirements are those set forth in Article II of the Constitution:
No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of the President; neither shall any Person by eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
If you're confused about the seemingly random capitalization, don't worry about it. So are most Constitutional scholars (the best guess is antiquated, German language conventions).
So, there we have it. You have to be 35, have lived in the country for the past 14 years and be a citizen by birth… and that's about it. Of course some backgrounds are more popular than others. Lawyers, soldiers and career-politicians have all made it to the Oval Office on a fairly regular basis, and for good reason. Those jobs have a lot to do with what a president does on a day-to-day basis, whether it's overseeing a legislative agenda, commanding troops or negotiating with Congress.
Other presidents, well, they've taken a more interesting route. Just ask these ten presidents who, per the good people at Careercast, all had unusual backgrounds: