President of the United States

Why has the job of President of the United States Become so complex?

Well, for one thing the job of the President may be the hardest

job in the world. He is after all the “leader of the free world!”
When our founding fathers created the job of President they
envisioned small central government and basic decisions. Today the
job has evolved greatly. Listed below are some of the roles the
President must play:


Commander in Chief of the Military: The President is
responsible for all military decisions. In the end any military
action taken by this nation is his responsibility. This is
particularly important because of the nature of the use of
weapons…they start wars and people die.

Chief Diplomat: The President is the nations chief
diplomat. It is his responsibility to negotiate treaties and conduct
foreign affairs.

Chief Executive: All of the heads of the agencies in
Washington report to the President. In the end he is responsible for
carrying out the law and making sure the beauracracy runs

Head Legislator: Often the President suggests laws and he
is always pushing for legislation he feels is important. In this
function he often acts as a loobyists, exerting pressure and
sheparding bills through Congress. The President must also sign
and/or veto legislation.

Leader of Public Opinion: The President is the one person
we ALL have voted for. He is supposed to represent us and be a leader
among us. This is particularly difficult considering the contentious
nature of politics. Often in trying to lead public opinion he only
serves to enrage half of the country. This is what poliyics is all

Head of his political party: The President is responsible
for helpingto get members of his party reelected (as well as
himself). While this is not an “official” function it is time

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