How To Be A Great President

The Do's and Dont's of Presidency

A Major Issue of 2016

1. Today, Americans feel the biggest issue for our country is the economy. Researched showed the highest percentage of concern in that category. The issue of a stable Economy affects and is affected by all people. The issue concerning the economy and unemployment has occurred over a lengthy period of time all across the United States. If you become president, you could better the economy for all Americans!

2. As President of the United States, you have rights that allow you to pass bills and you have an entire staff that update you on the state of the economy. In order to be president, it's critical that you are intelligent, a great leader, and that you are able to work well with people. One of the greatest aspects of a President to his/her people is leadership skills. Together with your group of advisers, you to help strengthen the economy and create jobs for more people. Any of those traits or the ability to pass a law can help solve issues within the economy.

The Many Requirements, Powers, and Traits of a President


To Be President of the U.S.A. you must:

-Be 35 years old

-Be a resident in the U.S. for more than 14 years

-Be a Natural Born Citizen

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Constitutional Powers

Powers given to the President of the United States by the Constitution:

1. Commander in Chief--Executive

2. Require the opinion of the principal officer in each executive department--Executive

3. Grant pardons and reprieves--Judaical Legislative

4. Make treaties--Diplomatic

5. Nominate and appoint ambassadors--Diplomatic

6. Fill Senate vacancies--Executive

7. Give Congress information about the State Union--Executive

8. Convene both houses of Congress--Executive

9. Commission all officers of the United States--Executive

(Each indicate whether they are Executive, Diplomatic, or Judaical Legislative Powers)

The Most Important Power

I feel that one of the President's most important powers is the one to grant pardons. This displays the amount of power and respect a President has in this country. Our laws are taken very seriously and people that are wrongly accused and put into this strict system have the President looking out for them. I feel it makes the President easier to relate to. It shows that he truly does care for his people.
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Presidential Traits

1. The President is in charge of most of the country, therefore, a President must have certain traits. The number one looked for trait in a President is the ability that individual has to lead people.

2. A President must be good at making decisions quickly, but also must properly think about them. Citizens of the country want security that the person that represents them and is in charge of them can well represent them and the decisions made in Congress.

3. Working out conflict is another thing a President should be able to do, especially with spats with other countries. Presidents need to resolve conflict with humility, trust, and patience. If these factors are missing, it is likely that a war/conflict could occur between countries.

4. A President needs to be positive. They need to be able to motivate the country even if nothing seems to be going right. Motivation is key to many Americans. They want to know that a President can keep the country on its feet.

5. Another important trait is that citizens need to feel trust between the government and the people of the United States. People are happier with the government if they don't feel like information is being hidden from them. Trust between the government and the people brings agreement and peace.

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Perks/Benefits of the Job


$400,000 annually


-Getting invited to many, many sporting events, as well as important graduation ceremonies, banquets, and the Olympics

-Has a personal group of people working in most aspects of his/her life

(Cooks, maids/butlers, a cabinet, economy group, and a financial group of advisers)

-Is Commander and Chief, therefore controls the militia and what the military does

-Lives a protected life surrounded by security

-Can be flown to-and-fro on a private jet

Roles of the President: Guided Questions and Answers

Party Leader: In this role, the president helps members of his political party get elected or appointed to office. The president campaigns for those members who have supported his policies. At the end of a term the president may campaign for reelection with his party’s support.

Guiding Questions

1. To what political party does the current president belong?

-Democratic Party

2. In what ways can a sitting president work on behalf of his party?

-He is the “leader” of the party, so he can make important party decisions and can contribute to creating bills.

3. In what ways can the president's party continue to work on his behalf?

-The president’s party can help suggest passing bills for the party or can collect support from more people around the country.

Commander-in-Chief:The president is the commander-in-chief of the U.S. armed forces. That means all of the military leaders report to and take orders from the president. The president performs this duty as a civilian, someone who is not in military service.

Guiding Questions

1. What is the benefit of having a civilian who is an elected public official as the commander-in-chief?

-The President has lots of support from the people in the country, which is very beneficial during times without peace.

2. What might be some of the drawbacks?

-Draw backs of the President being Commander in Chief is that

Chief Executive: The president is the chief executive, empowered to administer the laws and affairs of the nation. While the president does not make the laws, his agencies have the responsibility and authority to carry out the laws.

Guiding Questions:

1. Which recent executive orders have impacted the state of the nation?

-Obama established a Blocking Property and Suspending Entry into the U.S. from Libya in April.

2. What article in the Constitution grants the president executive power?

-Article II

Chief of State: The president's role as chief of state is to represent the United States at public events. This is mainly a ceremonial role that allows the president to promote/convey/represent American values and acknowledge others who do the same.

Guiding Questions

1. When has a president visited U.S. cities in distress?

-Obama visited New York in 2012 during its distress

2. How would a president play the role of chief of state during wartime?

-His role would be to collect support for the war and for the troops in the war

Chief Diplomat: Being a diplomat involves interacting with leaders from other nations. The president takes the lead in foreign relations by associating with foreign leaders and, along with the help of Congress, develops a foreign policy with other nations.

Guiding Questions

1. Which foreign leaders has the president recently hosted at the White House? Which nations has the president recently visited? What have been the motivating reasons for these visits?

-David Cameron recently visited the White House. Obama has recently been to Cuba and Argentina. The reasons for these were to end conflict and attend important meetings.

2. Which countries have been traditional allies of the United States? Do these friendly relationships remain strong today?

-Germany, France, and the Philippines are strong U.S. allies. The relationships with these countries still stand really strong.

Chief Legislator: Though the president cannot make laws, he can voice his own ideas and opinions to Congress while they draft legislation. He does this through speeches promoting his agenda and by meeting with Congress to discuss policies.

Guiding Questions

1. Name one controversial piece of legislation that the president has pushed through Congress.

-The allowance of gay marital rights

2. How has the president pushed his plan for healthcare?

-Obama created Obamacare and is pushing several new laws on it to encourage people to use this type of healthcare.