Roles of the President
Executive order- a rule or command that has the force of law
Ex: President Harry S. Truman used an executive order in 1948 to racially integrate the armed forces.
Commander in Chief
Ex: Although Congress never declared war in Korea or in Vietnam, American troops were involved in conflicts in those countries because they were sen there by the U.S. president.
Every president has a legislative program. These are new laws that the president wants Congress to pass. The president makes speeches to build support for this program and meets with key senators and representa- tives to try to persuade them to support the proposed laws.
The news media hailed President Obama’s victory on the Wall Street reform bill signed into law earlier this week as another example of his legislative powers.
The president is generally regarded as the leader of his or her political party. Members of the president’s party work hard to elect the president. In turn, the president gives speeches to help fellow party members who are running for office as members of Congress, governors, and mayors. The president also helps the party raise money.