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The Roles of the President. By George Cassutto. The President: Some Facts. Elected to a four-year term by the people who elect electors. The Slate of electors make up the Electoral College The 22nd Amendment places a term limit on the Presidency.

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the roles of the president

The Roles of the President

By George Cassutto

the president some facts
The President: Some Facts
  • Elected to a four-year term by the people who elect electors.
  • The Slate of electors make up the Electoral College
  • The 22nd Amendment places a term limit on the Presidency.
  • Must be 35, 14 year resident and a natural born citizen.
the two term precedent
The Two Term Precedent

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)

  • FDR was the only president to win more than two terms.
  • He led the US through the Depression and WW II.
  • George Washington set the precedent for the limit of two terms until the 22nd Amendment made law in 1951
role chief of state
Role: Chief of State
  • Acts as example for and symbol of the United States
  • Represents America at special occasions and ceremonies.
  • Kings and Queens are heads of state.
  • Awarding medals and speechmaking are examples of this role.
role chief executive
Role: Chief Executive
  • Acts as boss of federal government workers in 14 executive departments.
  • These departments help the President carry out, enforce, or execute the law.
  • The president chooses cabinet members to advise and assist him.
  • Example: Holding cabinet meetings and appointing federal officials.
the chief executive
The Chief Executive
  • The Offices of the Executive Branch are found in the White House and other federal buildings in Washington D.C.
role chief diplomat
Role: Chief Diplomat
  • Conducts foreign policy by directing the actions of American ambassadors.
  • Signs treaties and trade agreements with leaders of other nations.
role commander in chief
Role: Commander-In-Chief
  • In charge of US Armed Forces.
  • President decides where armed forces are to be stationed, weapons to be used.
  • Secretary of Defense under President.
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is the top military commander under President.
role chief legislator
Role: Chief Legislator
  • Congress has the power to make laws.
  • President can propose bills and must sign bills into law.
  • He often calls members of Congress to lobby for his agenda.
  • Presents his agenda to Congress in the annual State of the Union address.
role chief legislator10
Role: Chief Legislator
  • President Reagan before a joint-session of Congress.
role chief of the party
Role: Chief of the Party
  • Presidents help members of their party get elected or appointed to office.
  • They make campaign speeches needed for re-election.
  • Head of fund-raising for the party.
chief guardian of the economy
Chief Guardian of the Economy
  • Monitors
    • unemployment,
    • Inflation, taxation, business,
    • and general welfare of the nation.
    • He does not control the economy, but he gets credit if it goes well.
the presidency
The Presidency
  • Why do you think it is the most visible part of the American political system?
  • Does the President really serve the needs of the American people?
  • How does the office of the Presidency actually help the American people?