At any given time, only one person is President of the United States. The office, with all of its powers and duties, belong to that one individual. Whoever that person may be, they must fill a number of different roles, all at the same time simultaneously.
The President is the ceremonial head of the government of the United States, the symbol of all the people, “the personal embodiment and representative of their dignity and majesty.” Unlike many countries, the President does not only reign as the leader but had rule over the country as well.
Holds executive power. That power is immensely broad in both domestic and foreign affairs. The American presidency is often described as the most powerful office in the world . But the President lives in an environment filled with check & balances, so there are limits as to what he can do.
The President is the director of the executive branch of the Federal Government. Currently, President Bush is in charge of over 2.7 million employees. Managing this branch is a full time job in itself.
The President is the main architect of America’s foreign policy and the nations spokesperson to the rest of the world. What the President says and does is carefully followed in their country and abroad.
The Constitution give the President the role to be the commander in chief of the nation’s armed forces. The 1.4 million men and women in uniform today are subject to the President’s direction and immediate control.
This role gives the President control of public policies. It is the President that sets the shape of the Congressional agenda. This role has the President initiate, suggest requests, insist, and demand that congress enact much of its major legislation. Working with Congress is a major part of the President's job.
This role forces the President to act as the acknowledged leader of the political party that controls the executive branch. Much of the real power the President holds is strongly influenced from the political party they associate with and helps shape the manner in which they conduct business.
In your group, you will pick from one of the following headlines. Read the material in the text (Chapter 13 Section 1 & 2) and create a poster to relay that information back to the rest of the class. You can show the information in bullet points, paragraphs, or what ever you think works best to obtain the material.