Roles of the President

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Chief Executive

This is the most important role of the President. This allows him to carry out the nations laws. The President is in charge of 15 cabinet departments and approximately 3 million civilians who work for the federal government. The President appoints the heads of the cabinet department agencies, with the Senate's approval.

Chief Diplomat

The President direct the foreign policy, or strategy, of the U.S., making key decisions about how the U.S. acts toward other countries in the world.
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Commander in Chief

The Constitution makes the President commander in chief of the armed forces of the U.S.. This role gives presidents the ability to back up their foreign policy decisions with force, if necessary.
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Legislative Leader

Only members of Congress have the power to introduce bills for consideration, but in practice Congress expects the executive branch to propose the legislation is would like to see enacted.

Head of State

The President is the living symbol of the nation. In this role, the President aids diplomacy by greeting visiting kings and queens, prime ministers, and other foreign leaders. The President also carries out ceremonial functions for Americans, such as lighting the national Christmas tree and giving medals to the country's heroes.
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Economic Leader

The President represents the U.S. at official functions like meeting with

the leaders of foreign nations. Presidents can also promote U.S. ideals through speeches and awards for causes the President finds important.

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Party Leader

As head of his political party, a President can help members of his party run for office, and help the party raise money for campaigns. He can also appoint party members to important positions.

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