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7th Hour US Gov
8th Hour US Gov
oe The President in the News
8 Roles of the President
Chief of State
Obama's first state dinner blends pageantry with politics
As the Chief of State, President Obama is a living symbol of the nation. It is considered a great honor for any citizen to shake the president's hand. An example of the President fulfilling his role as Chief of State is by welcoming many guests to the White House.
Obama chooses Howard A. Schmidt to be the Cyber Security Chief
As Chief Executive, President Obama is "boss" for millions of government workers in the Executive Branch, deciding how the laws of the United States are to be enforced and choosing officials and advisers to help run the Executive Branch. Choosing Howard A. Schmidt to be the Cyber Security Chief is a great example of President Obama fulfilling his role as Chief Executive.
Obama signs executive order on abortion, funding limits
As Chief Administrator, President Obama has the power to control the nation's budget. This is a great example of the President's role as Chief Administrator because he is limiting the amount of money that is spent on abortions.
Obama winning enemies, losing friends in key places
As Chief Diplomat, President Obama 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. Traveling to Afghanistan and meeting with Afghan leaders is a great example of the President's role as Chief Diplomat.
Commander in Chief
Six Years After Iraq Invasion, Obama Sets Out His Exit Plan
As Commander in Chief, President Obama is in charge of the U.S. armed forces: the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. He decides where troops shall be stationed, where ships shall be sent, and how weapons shall be used.
President Obama urges congress to pass the health care bill. President Obama signs the health care bill; Senate takes up House changes
As Chief Legislator, President Obama may urge congress to pass new laws. The health care bill is a great example of this because it has been pushed to the side for many years but Obama steps in and urges congress to pass it.
Chief of Party
President Obama appoints Hillary Clinton into his cabinet as the Secretary of State
As Chief of Party, President Obama helps members of his political party to get elected or appointed to office. By election Hillary Clinton, he is fulfilling his role as Chief of Party.
President Obama throws the ceremonial first pitch at the All-Star game
As Chief Citizen, President Obama is expected to be the representative of all the people. Pitching at a baseball game, wearing a Sox jacket and jeans shows that he is just another citizen and not someone above them.
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