Many of our presidents started out as hourly workers just like you. Before their job title was head of state, our presidents held another position: the hourly worker.
George Washington: When he was 16, years before he became our nation's first president, Washington worked as a land surveyor.
Abraham Lincoln: Honest Abe worked several hourly jobs before he was sworn into presidency. He was a store clerk, postmaster, surveyor and tavern keeper.
Warren G. Harding: Harding was an insurance agent before he became a journalist and the 29th president of the United States.
Herbert Hoover: Before Hoover began his career in politics, he worked for a California mining company as an office boy (today this would be known as a administrative assistant).
Harry S. Truman: President Truman worked as a bank teller before to his career in the White House during World War II.
Dwight D. Eisenhower: Growing up, Eisenhower worked as a night supervisor at Belle Springs Creamery.
Richard Nixon: Before his presidency, Nixon made a living by working in his family-owned grocery store and gas station.
Gerald Ford: In college President Ford worked as a dishwasher at his fraternity.
George H. W. Bush: Bush Sr. worked as a sales clerk prior to his career in the Texas oil industry and his presidency.
Barack Obama: President Obama began his career as an ice cream scooper at a Honolulu Baskin-Robbins.
All great stories start somewhere. The next time you walk into your interview or clock in for work, take a look around because you could be working with a future president!