Government Option 3



RolesPlayed by the President

Chiefof State

TheUS constitution outlines the president as the head who leads citizensin celebrating national holidays and represents the highest values ofthe country. As the Chief of State, the US president is the livingsymbol of the country. Key responsibilities that are performed by thepresident include making a patriotic speech, awarding medals toscholarships winners and welcoming White House visitors.


Thepresident is the leader and elects the officials to manage theExecutive Branch. Notable responsibilities of the president as theCEO include discussing government business with ministers, appointingthe head of CIA and reading FBI reports.


Accordingto the US constitution, the president is in charge of the ArmedForces which include Coast Guard, the Army, Marine Corps, Navy andAir Force. Military generals are given orders by the president and healso decides where the troops will be deployed (Leo, Taranto andWilliam 56). Additional duties of the president include orderingtroops to stop a riot and deciding foreign cities to bomb.


Throughthe assistance of his or her advisors, the president is responsiblefor choosing diplomats who will represent the United States inforeign countries. The president also has the role of contactingRussian leaders and entertaining diplomats from Japan and Britain inthe White House.

Chiefof Party

Thepresident is the leader of the party that is ruling or that isheading the executive branch. Political parties are an important partof the government even though the constitution does not mention them.

Custodianof the Economy

TheUS president has the role of dealing with economic issues such astaxation, unemployment, prices, national projects and basically theprosperity of the country. Through the help of economic advisors, thepresident identifies the ways of reducing unemployment and addressingproblems faced by laborers.

TheComplexity of the Job of President

Thecomplexity of the US president duties is based on the limitedcoverage of his or her authority by the constitution. The presidenthas quite a number of unofficial and official responsibilities.Article II of the Constitution defines fewer powers to the USpresident as compared to Congress. However, the vagueness of ArticleII has made the president acquire more powers against those specifiedby the Constitution. Article II, Section I of the Constitution, whichis the primary ground for the expansion of president powers gives thepresident the executive authority. Similarly, Section 3 gives thepresident powers to enforce federal laws. These sections haveresulted in the emergence of informal roles(Goldstein 16).One area that is complex relates to the role of being the Commander-in-Chief. Even though he gives an order to the Armed Forces, thepresident has no power to declare war and he or she must engage otherparties before any military action is taken. These include Secretaryof Defense, Chiefs of Staff and the Congress. While engaging militaryoperations in other countries, the president must also perform theduties of providing security to the US residents in other countries,and he must identify benefits and costs of any foreign mission.

HowVarious Roles Played by the President Contradict and Overlap

Overthe time, the roles of the president have continued to overlap as theresult of the unclear definition of his authority by theconstitution. The intentions of the America founding fathers was tomaintain limited constitutional powers to the president, but morepower has been gained by the presidents creating a contradiction intheir roles (Balogh and Bruce 36). For example, even though only thepresident can declare war, various presidents have declared war andsent troops to undertake military operations. The president also hasmore power in relation to US diplomacy even though the Congressshould be the main player in designing foreign policies.

PresidentialRole which I Believe is Most Important

Ibelieve the most important role of the president is that of being theChief Executive. This is based on the various roles which areperformed by the executive branch that relates to the economic andpolitical development of the country. For example, the presidentsupervises all federal agencies over the country. Additionally, he orshe appoints directors and creates policies that are in line with thegoals and responsibilities of the president. As noted earlier, thepresident acts as the custodian of the economy (Greenberg 21). Thisimplies that by appointing the managing directors of economicagencies, he is able to play the role of improving the country’seconomy while still acting as the head of the executive. Thepresident also plays a vital role in providing security to Americansand the world in general. As indicated, the FBI, which operateslocally and internationally, gives its reports to the president.Through such reports, security policies that touch on the US, as wellas citizens of other countries, are made. Further, the presidentdiscusses foreign policies with the ministers which impact on the waythe United States citizens relates with other countries.


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Leo,L., Taranto, B and William, J. PresidentialLeadership: Rating the Best and the Worst in the White House.New York: Simon and Schuster. 2004. Print.