The President's Various Roles Of The Presidency

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1. The President’s various activities reflect the various roles of the presidency. The President of the United States plays various roles, such as chief of state, chief executive, commander-in-chief, and party leader. The President also serves as the chief administrator, chief diplomat, chief legislator, and chief citizen. The President has a very busy schedule, and must try to play all of these roles while paying attention to his many constituencies. However, not all of these roles are prominent each and every day of the President’s term.
On this day, the roles that seem most prominent are chief administrator, chief executive, chief legislator, and chief citizen. As chief administrator, the President is in charge of the executive branch of
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The President was briefed on where important legislation is in the congressional process. As chief legislator, the president shapes policy. The President is gathering information that he can later use to influence Congress to pass certain pieces of legislation. The President also acted as chief citizen and chief of state. As chief citizen, the President should represent all of the people of the United States. Citizens expect the President to work for their interests and provide leadership. On this day, President Obama signed replies to ten letters sent from Americans to the White House. Reading and answering the letters keeps the President aware of the concerns of everyday American people. The President taking a trip across town to talk about hurricane preparedness also allowed for the President to educate the American people on an important issue, and to concentrate directly on an issue that affects Americans. The President also participated in a public function in the East Room to discuss protecting the nation’s computer networks from attack. The President is acting as chief citizen because he is directly focusing on an issue that affects the greater …show more content…
Activities that were left out of the President’s official schedule or not elaborated on in detail include the President’s morning routine (exercising and seeing his children), the President signing letters to send to ten constituents, the President grabbing a hamburger to eat, and NBC’s formal interview with the President. These activities may not have been included because they are not essential to President Obama’s carrying out of executive powers and responsibilities. These are not government-related activities that are central to his executive actions. Grabbing the hamburger, for example, was a spontaneous action that is independent of the President’s ability to complete the presidential tasks at hand. The President’s activities are also not elaborated on in detail because matters discussed may be so private or intimate that it cannot be known they were discussed. The NBC News Team, for example, could not film the “sensitive discussions” between the President and the Vice President. The official schedule also states that the President met with “senior advisors in the Oval Office”. The schedule does not name these advisors. The President may be discussing private matters with private personnel that could compromise the security of the President and/or the American

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