Who wants to be the next president?
-you must be at least 35 years old
-you must be a resident of the United States for at least 14 years
-you must be a natural born citizen
There are also good perks to the job:
-plus: $100,00 travel expenses
-$19,000 official entertainment
-transport: Air Force one, bulletproof limo
-residence: The White House
-protection: Secret Service
-retirement: continued protection form the service and an allowance for travel expenses
What Powers does the President have?
Executive, Judicial, Legislative, Diplomatic
l. Be commander in chief of the Army and Navy when called into service. (Executive)
2. Require the opinion of the principal officer in each executive department. (Executive)
3. Have power to grand reprieves and pardons. (Executive)
4. Make treaties.(Diplomatic)
5. Nominate and appoint ambassadors, judges of the Supreme Court and all other officers of the United States. (Judicial)
6. Fill up all vacancies during the recess of the Senate. (Legislative)
7. Give to Congress information of the state of the union. (Executive)
8. Recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient. (Executive)
9. On extraordinary occasions convene both Houses, or either of them. (Legislative)
10. Receive ambassadors and other public ministers. (Diplomatic)
The most important power of the president is the 8th one listed because it gives the president the most power and provides room for flexibility and interpretation.
What qualities and skills should the president have?
-he needs to be decisive and assertive with others in order to make progress, and he also needs to be respectful while doing it
2.The ability to create collaborative tiger teams
- he needs to be cooperative and have the ability to choose the best of the best for his team
3. Encourage dynamic conflict resolution
-he must work well with others and be able to compromise while also keeping the interests of his party in mind
4. Cross party lines and negotiate the terms of his presidency and the direction of the country
-he must be able to have specific goals and visions for our country, and be able to communicate with other effectively in order to reach those goals
5. Manage a multitude of diverse, eccentric, complex personalities both within his party and across the aisle
-again, the president must be able to work with different types of people and adapt to them, and by doing this he makes progress
What are the roles of the President?
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? He can approve laws that support the causes of his party while also vetoing those that do not
3. In what ways can the president's party continue to work on his behalf? They can support him by proposing laws that are in their party's favor
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? He can represent the people and vouch for what they want, he is a citizen just like the rest of the population
2. What might be some of the drawbacks? He might gain too much power being the sole commander-in-chief, and all the power lies with him during a war
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?Obamacare has affected the nation, along with the establishment of the federal privacy council
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.
1. When has a president visited U.S. cities in distress? Bush visited Katrina after the hurricane, and Obama visited Fort Myers because of the economic crisis
2. How would a president play the role of chief of state during wartime?He would develop diplomatic relations with other countries to form alliances, and he would also be a unifying image for the country
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? He has hosted leaders from Sierra Leone and Ghana, he has visited Cuba and Argentina; he wanted to develop diplomatic relations with them and either show his support or try to cooperate with other countries
2. Which countries have been traditional allies of the United States? Do these friendly relationships remain strong today? Traditional allies of the US include France, Great Britain, Germany, and Japan, and today they are pretty similar
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. Gay marriage is now legal in all states, and that has been really controversial
2. How has the president pushed his plan for healthcare?He has advertised it and made it available for everyone, and although it may cause controversy, it has helped thousands of people