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What is the President's role?
Quote:1. Chief of State

This role requires a president to be an inspiring example for the American people. In some nations, the chief of state is a king or a queen who wears a crown on special occasions, celebrates national holidays, and stands for the highest values and ideals of the country. As the American Chief of State, the president is a living symbol of the nation. It is considered a great honor for any citizen to shake the president's hand.

Examples of Responsibilities:
Awarding medals to the winners of college scholarships
Congratulating astronauts on their journey into space
Greeting visitors to the White House
Making a patriotic speech on the Fourth of July

2. Chief Executive

The president is the "boss" for millions of government workers in the Executive Branch. He or she decides how the laws of the United States are to be enforced and chooses officials and advisors to help run the Executive Branch.

Examples of Responsibilities:
Appointing someone to serve as head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Holding a Cabinet meeting to discuss government business
Reading reports about problems of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

3. Chief Diplomat

The president decides what American diplomats and ambassadors shall say to foreign governments. With the help of advisors, the president makes the foreign policy of the United States.

Examples of Responsibilities:
Traveling to London to meet with British leaders
Entertaining Japanese diplomats in the White House
Writing a message or a letter to the leaders of Russia

4. Commander-In-Chief

The president is in charge of the U.S. Armed Forces: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps. The president decides where troops shall be stationed, where ships shall be sent, and how weapons shall be used. All military generals and admirals take their orders from the president.

Examples of Responsibilities:
Inspecting a Navy yard
Deciding, in wartime, whether to bomb foreign cities
Calling out troops to stop a riot at the request of the state’s legislature or governor

5. Legislative Leader

Only Congress has the actual power to make laws, but the Constitution gives the president power to influence Congress in its lawmaking. Presidents may urge Congress to pass new laws or veto bills that they do not favor.

Examples of Responsibilities:
Inviting members of Congress to lunch in the White House
Signing a bill of Congress
Making a speech in Congress

6. Chief of Party

In this role, the president helps members of his or her political party get elected or appointed to office. The president campaigns for those members who have supported his or her policies. At the end of a term, the president may campaign for reelection.

Examples of Responsibilities:
Choosing leading party members to serve in the Cabinet
Traveling to California to speak at a rally for a party nominee to the U.S. Senate

7. Guardian of the Economy

In this role, the president is concerned with such things as unemployment, high prices, taxes, business profits, and the general prosperity of the country. The president does not control the economy, but is expected to help it run smoothly.

Examples of Responsibilities:
Meeting with economic advisors to discuss ways to reduce unemployment
Meeting with business and labor leaders to discuss their needs and problems


Very informative thread, don't know much about politics so this is nice to know.

Very HQ and informative thread.

To be me is the life of a king.

I'm excited for the electoral college result, could switch it all up all over again.
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not one leaf remains
the way it was."

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