The Chief Executive of this nation, POTUS, as some know it, is an exclusive club with only 44 presidencies to date.And really its only 43 men because Grover Cleveland served as both the 22nd and 24th president (non-consecutive terms).
They (so far) have been all men, and up until number 44 they were all Caucasian. Some were from families of wealth and privilege while one of the most beloved (Lincoln) came from the humblest of beginnings.
It was never an easy task to get elected without having powerful political allies forged ahead of what were (once) meaningful conventions. From the very beginning The Electoral College confirmed the actual winner until Bush 43 narrowly snatched the prize from Al Gore in what amounted to a split Supreme Court decision.So this means the popular majority is not the guaranteed result.