Presidential Powers Project

By Frankie, Maritza, Isabell, and Gabe

Chief Manager of Economy

As The Chief Manager of Economy, the president has no formal power over the economy. He does, however, work alongside Congress to draw up a federal budget and set tax policy. The president will also appoint members of the Federal Reserve Board, which works to control the money supply and keep the economy growing at a constant steady pace. The president as Chief Manager of Economy is expected to help unemployment rates also, low income families, and high prices and taxes. He works to steer the economy away from any recession or depression and keep it running smoothly. In this article it shows President Obama's reforms and fiscal responsibilities that he has put into place to keep the economy at a steady place. He has put into place a tax reform "The President is committed to reducing the deficit through a balanced approach-one that restrains spending across the budget, including in the tax code; asks the wealthiest among us to contribute to deficit reduction; and lays the foundation for future growth."

Chief of Party

The president is the leader of his or her political party, and tends to have loyalty to their party. They typically work to ensure that their party does will in congressional elections, in hopes of gaining or strengthening a congressional majority. They may take part in campaign funding or other campaign events. They also typically reward loyal party members with political favors or appointments to federal office. At the end of a term the president may campaign for reelection They are basically in charge of their political party that they represent. Their job is to portray their political party in a positive light. As well as raise fund raising for any campaigns in regards in their political party. Some examples of this is choosing leading party members to serve in the cabinet. Traveling to California to speak at a rally for a party nominee to the U.S. Senate. The website provides how Obama was lacking in his chief of party because there was a lack of support from the Democratic Party causing people to run away from the democratic policies. This causes Obama’s more involvement to reassuring that the policies that are going to be carried out are going to be beneficial. This shows how important the President’s role in chief of party is very influential, and is an important job that provides support for their party.

Chief Citizen


Chief of State

The chief of state is the "ceremonial" leader of the government, he is the head of the government. This role requires duties such as being the public representative of the nation at official functions both at home and abroad. For example the president greets foreign visitors and hosts formal dinners at the white house. Another example of this duty being fulfilled is the traditional throw out of the first pitch of the major league baseball. Ever since the tradition began by the 27th president, William Traft, every president besides Jimmy Carter has participated in at least one ceremonial first ball or pitch for Opening Day, the All-Star Game, or the World Series. As chief of state the president does acts in order to promote national spirit like the example above and also the lighting of the national

Chief Diplomat

In this role, the president oversees U.S. foreign policy, holds talks and meetings with foreign leaders, and negotiates treaties. However, the Constitution states that the president must seek advice and gain consent from the Senate when making treaties.An example of a chief diplomat would be when President George Washington went to the Senate in 1789 to seek their advice on a proposed treaty negotiated with the Creek Indians. After the Senate debated, they referred the matter to a committee. The president was upset and preferred to deal with the Senate in writing, after this all the following presidents followed his example. Presidents do meet with individual senators and they still must obtain the consent of the Senate in order to get any treaty approved.

Commander In Chief

This is said to be the most challenging of the powers. The President is head of the armed forces which includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, decides where troops are to be stationed, were ships shall be sent, and how the weapons of the armed forces should be used. All military personnel take their orders from the president. Some examples of the responsibilities would be to inspect the navy yard, deciding whether to bomb foreign cities during wartime, and calling troops to stop a riot. The President is responsible for the operation of the U.S. military and overall security of the nation by meeting meets regularly with the secretary of defense, joint chiefs of staff and national security advisor for reports, updates and advice on military- and security-related matters. The president creates programs for returning soldiers, and veterans to create jobs, and provide health care. Another duty is arranging ceremonies for injured or fallen soldiers. The reason that the president has this top power is because during the developing year so the US the farmers felt it was important that a top civilian have control over the armed forces, however since world war two the president has sent troops into action of war without officially declaring war. Since then, War powers act has been passed so that the president requires congressional approval before declaring war. On the website it gives many examples of the president carrying out the duties of commander and chief. For examples in 1942 President Franklin Roosevelt declared an unlimited national emergency and ordered the U.S. Navy to “sink on sight” foreign submarines found in our “defensive waters.” In 1989 President Bush directed U.S. forces to execute a preplanned mission (code named Operation Just Cause) in the Republic of Panama. Objectives were protection of American lives, restoration of the democratic process, protection of the integrity of the Panama Canal treaties, and apprehension of General Manuel Noriega.