Oh good grief... does *anyone* remember what they were taught in government in junior high? The Electoral College exists because the President is very specifically NOT elected by the populace. The populace elect our state leaders as well as our Senators and Representatives to the federal government. But the United States is a union of independent states. It is the state governments, NOT the people, who elect the President. The Electoral College is merely the group of people, selected by each state, who cast the state's vote in the Presidential election. Yes, sometimes the elected President did not get the majority of the popular vote. The Electors are not bound by law (in all states) to cast their vote according to popular vote. This is one of the checks and balances, designed by the founders of the nation, that prevents popular will from overcoming individual freedom.
We're all taught this in school. Then we get to our first Presidential election and, since it's easier to vote for a man than to look at our ACTUAL Representatives and Senators voting records and cast our votes accordingly, most Americans throw what they were taught out the window and act like we're voting for a monarch. Then we bitch that our leaders aren't responding to our desires... when we didn't even bother to cast intelligent votes for the people whose offices we actually affect.