Roles of the President
Who can be President?

• Requirements to be
  POTUS:
  • Must be 35 years old
  • A natural born citizen
  • Have lived in...
Chief Executive

                  • He/she enforces the
                    laws of the land

                  • The Pre...
Chief of State

• Serves as a symbol of
  the United States

• Represents the U.S. at
  special ceremonies and
  events

•...
Chief Diplomat

                 • The President makes foreign
                   policy, or plans for guiding
           ...
Commander in Chief

• The President is the leader
  of the armed forces

• He/she may send troops to a
  foreign country e...
Legislative Leader

                     • Congress makes the
                       laws of the nation

                 ...
Economic Chief

• The President is
  responsible for
  making the budget

• Why is this
  important?
  • It costs money to...
Party Chief

              • The President helps
                members of their party
                get re-elected

  ...
Thomas Jefferson

• What are some of the roles that
  Jefferson played while serving as
  President?
  • Chief Executive?
...
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Roles Of The President

  1. 1. Roles of the President
  2. 2. Who can be President? • Requirements to be POTUS: • Must be 35 years old • A natural born citizen • Have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years
  3. 3. Chief Executive • He/she enforces the laws of the land • The President can do this in two ways: • Through control of agencies like the FBI, CIA, DEA, NSA • By issuing executive orders • These are rules or regulations that government officials must follow • The President's orders may not violate the Constitution or laws passed by Congress
  4. 4. Chief of State • Serves as a symbol of the United States • Represents the U.S. at special ceremonies and events • Performs ceremonial tasks: • Throws out the first pitch of the baseball season • Awards medals • Makes speeches
  5. 5. Chief Diplomat • The President makes foreign policy, or plans for guiding our relationship with other nations • The President has the power to make treaties and appoint ambassadors • But the Senate must approve or reject these items • The President can make executive agreements which don’t need Senate approval • These agreements can set goals for trade or promise to give aid to a country
  6. 6. Commander in Chief • The President is the leader of the armed forces • He/she may send troops to a foreign country even if Congress has not declared war • The War Powers Resolution • Passed after the Vietnam War • Says that troops sent by POTUS may not remain in combat for more than 60 days without approval of Congress
  7. 7. Legislative Leader • Congress makes the laws of the nation • However, the President can influence or suggest laws that he/she wants to see created • He sets domestic policy: • In interviews that he gives daily • Major addresses like the State of the Union
  8. 8. Economic Chief • The President is responsible for making the budget • Why is this important? • It costs money to put a policy and laws into action
  9. 9. Party Chief • The President helps members of their party get re-elected • He/she speaks at campaign rallies and other party functions • He/she helps raise money for candidates and the party in general
  10. 10. Thomas Jefferson • What are some of the roles that Jefferson played while serving as President? • Chief Executive? • Chief of State? • Chief Diplomat? • Commander in Chief? • Legislative Leader? • Economic Chief? • Party Chief?

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