Seven Roles of the President (Chief of State ( (This role requires a…
Seven Roles of the President
Chief of State
This role requires a president to be an inspiring example for the American people.
Example: Congratulating astronauts on their journey into space
Chief of Party
In this role, the president helps members of his political party get elected or appointed to office.
Example: Traveling to California to speak at a rally for a party nominee to the U.S. Senate
Only Congress has the actual power to make laws, but the Constitution gives the president power to
influence Congress in its lawmaking.
Example: Inviting members of Congress to lunch in the White House
Commander in Chief
The president is in charge of the U.S. armed forces: the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.
Example: Deciding, in wartime, whether to bomb foreign cities
Chief Guardian of the Economy
In this role, the president is concerned with such things as unemployment, high prices, taxes, business profits, and the general prosperity of the country.
Example: Meeting with business and labor leaders to discuss their needs and problems
The president is the "boss" for millions of government workers in the Executive Branch. He decides how the laws of the United States are to be enforced and chooses officials and advisers to help run the Executive Branch.
Example: Reading reports about problems of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The president decides what American diplomats and ambassadors shall say to foreign governments.
With the help of advisers, the president makes the foreign policy of the United States.
Example: Entertaining Japanese diplomats in the White House