The Powers of the President

Response to Jada Shackleton 

Great work Jada, the president has many powers. From being a chief citizen to being the chief legislator, the president also is the chief of the party. I think the two most critical roles as you have mentioned are being the Commander-in-Chief and Chief Legislator. I think the chief legislator is the most important role. As a President, the important role is to serve the people of America. Serving the people involves generating public policies that will lead to development that upgrades the social and economic life of the people. As the chief legislator, the president influences the public policies through the congress. The president has the final say in the enactment of a law. Public policies include relations with other nations. The president attends international summits as a representative of the people of America. He also signs pacts and agreements with other countries in an endeavor to maintain world peace.

Response to Joshua Kosma

Nice work Joshua, as you have mentioned, the president has many powers including power to veto legislation, grant pardons, make treaties, and appoint ambassadors and other government officials including Supreme Court justices. Though the president has the power to appoint government officials, the Congress has to approve some of the appointments like the Supreme Court justices. However, the president can still influence the decision of the Congress through the ruling party though this can only happen if the party has the numbers. As you have mentioned, it is hard for the current president to influence the Congress given that the ruling party has no say in both the house and the senate. In such a case, the opposition party can override the president’s nominee in their favor.  Being the chief legislator, the president can influence any public policy by insisting or suggesting that the Congress enact laws that he believes are significant in shaping public policies.


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