Duties And Powers Of President In The 20th Century

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Well before the 20th century, Congress was in charge of the federal government. Only a handful of times did the president actually make decisions or have involvement in the process. Earlier, in the formation of the United States, the president was easily considered “chief clerk”. The increased importance of foreign policy, helped to develop the presidential powers of the 20th century. Since then, the president of the United States of America has grown to become the most powerful position our nation. Duties and powers of the President have grown significantly. Article II of the Constitution, describes express powers and responsibilities the president is to uphold. The president also has many roles and functions, including head of state, head …show more content…
and Mexico. However, head of government is a little more involved with making sure Americans abide by the laws the government has set into place. With this responsibility, the president has the sole power to hire and fire officials that lack the ability of executing the law. This power is known as power of appointment. As the text concludes, “Power of appointment stands among the president 's most important execute power." According to the Constitution, the President is responsible for appointing ambassadors and other public ministers, judges of the Supreme Court, and all other federal officers under his charge. Along with the power of appointment the president has the power to grant reprieves (reduced severity of punishment without removing guilt) or pardons (fully relieves individuals of both the punishment and guilt) accused of violating the law. Most presidents wait till close to end of term to issue pardons, as many pardons are at the center of political controversy. Chief diplomat is among the many "hats" the president wears. Being chief diplomat enables the president to

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