Hannah Frembgen and Courtney Myers
What does it take to be President?
- Only native-born U.S. citizens may serve president of the United States.
- 35 years old
- Must live in the United States for at least 14 years
Benefits of being President
- Since 2001, the president has earned a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment.
- Having a large staff that will work for you whenever you want
- Living in one of the most expensive buildings in the country
- Air Force One
- Security (during and after presidency)
- Travel Benefits
- Health Benefits
- Presidential Townhouse after presidency
10 Constitutional Powers granted to the President
- Appointment and Removal Powers
- Executive Orders and Privileges (chief executive)
- Negotiate treaties between two or more countries to end conflict
- Make executive agreements
- Formally recognize the legitimacy of foreign governments
- Declare war
- Influence the work of Congress in the role of chief agenda setter
- Suggest legislation at any time
- Nominate the people who become federal judges and justices
- May alter the sentences of people convicted of crimes through their powers of clemency, or mercy
- Reprieve, pardon, and amnesty
Presidential Leadership Traits
- Effective and resolute decision making from all levels of his administration. Our president should be able to make effective and smart decisions that will help our country.
- Encourage dynamic conflict resolution. Our president should be a peace keeper and a unity- builder. They should not be trying to create conflict with other countries.
- The ability to communicate a clear and inspiring vision. The president should be focusing on trying to better our country. They should be able to communicate with the citizens of the country in an understandable way so the citizens can more easily understand the goals of the government.
- Trust between the government and the people. Our country should all have a strong bond and no one should be living in fear. The people should trust the government to keep our country organized and safe.
- The ability to handle and manage the affects of a constant, complex change. The president should be able to calmly handle complex situations. If there is a large complex change that happens and remains constant, they should be able to think of ideas about how to manage the change.
Current Issue Solution: Gun Control
Today there is a bunch of controversy on whether guns should or shouldn't be taken away to prevent more gun violence in the US. Every day there is about 90 people who die related to gun violence crimes. There are multiple cases of this violence, as in domestic violence, school crimes and the everyday violence people go through in their daily lives. When it comes to addressing this public health crisis, it is difficult to find logical and reasonable solutions because there will always be others who disagree with the choices made. There is a decision to take all the guns away but then that would be going against the second amendment of the United States Constitution. Although there is another decision whereas the people who want to buy guns have to go through more tests to have the ability to buy a gun, so then it wouldn't be illegal to have one but you have to go through more testing.As president there are multiple powers and roles that are needed to be accomplished. Protecting the United States and citizens from harm and trying to find outlooks inside of the country for conflicts, like gun violence and control. Of course, taking away the guns from the citizens would be unconstitutional and would go against the 2nd amendment. The president does have the option to create an executive order to require more background checks on gun buyers. This would provide an extra layer of comfort to the community knowing that people who do have guns are not prone to violence or illegal acts. Another power would be to give more of the bigger guns to the military rather than sell them; this may be the assault rifles and RPGs. Lastly an executive power could be to add in more security checks in buildings of higher importance, for example, schools, hospitals, and big businesses. These are just some powers that the president may use to try and reduce more gun violence across the United States.
The 6 Presidential Roles
- Party Leader
- Chief Executive
- Chief of State
- Chief Diplomat
- Chief Legislature
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.
1. To what political party does the current president belong? Democratic
2. In what ways can a sitting president work on behalf of his party? Help pass his parties favorables bills without a veto
3. In what ways can the president's party continue to work on his behalf? Coming up with more bills to pass, fighting for laws to be passed with the competing party
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.
1. What is the benefit of having a civilian who is an elected public official as the commander-in-chief? So then we do not have a military dictatorship, so then the president is both commander of the armed forces and head of state so he looks for solutions in both areas, not just one.
2. What might be some of the drawbacks? He might not have ever been in a military situation or have any background of it, so he might have no clue of anything in that field.
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.
1. Which recent executive orders have impacted the state of the nation? The most recent one has been on climate preparedness and resilience, so then we are more prepared for natural disasters.
2. What article in the Constitution grants the president executive power? Article 2
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.
1. When has a president visited U.S. cities in distress? Obama went to Colorado towns that were devastated by the wildfire that spread.
2. How would a president play the role of chief of state during wartime? He would go to the areas of need and recognize the people who have stood up and are willing to fight for their country during a crisis.
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.
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? Obama recently went to Asia for 10 days He went here to strengthen U.S leadership and economic competitiveness in the region, renew old alliances, forge new partnerships and make progress on issues that matter to the american people.
2. Which countries have been traditional allies of the United States? Do these friendly relationships remain strong today? The Allies of the USA include, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Spain, Italy, Yugoslavia. Although there has been some controversy once and awhile between some of these countries, but today they are all strong allies.
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.
1. Name one controversial piece of legislation that the president has pushed through Congress.
Obama pushed health care through congress and it was finally passed. He sent out an 11 page request to congress about his health care ideas. He desperately needed this bill to be passed to fulfil his election campaign promise to America.
2. How has the president pushed his plan for healthcare?Obama sent papers and requests to congress to pass his healthcare ideas for the country. He also gave many speeches and held many meetings fighting for his request to be passed by congress. Finally, congress gave in and passed Obama’s healthcare reforms.