Seven Roles of the President (Chief Diplomat (The president decides what…
Seven Roles of the President
The president decides what American diplomats and ambassadors shall say to foreign governments.
Example: Entertaining Japanese diplomats in the White House
Chief of State
The role of the President is to inspire others and welcome Americans to the White House
Example: President welcomes celebrities to the White House
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
Example: Inviting members of Congress to lunch in the White House
Only Congress has the actual power to make laws, but the Constitution gives the president power to
influence Congress in its lawmaking.
Commander in Chief
The president is in charge of the U.S. armed forces: the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.
Example: Inspecting a Navy yard
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.
Example: Appointing someone to serve as head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)