8 Roles of the President

1) Chief of State
  • Obama's first state dinner blends pageantry with politics
  • http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/11/24/obama.state.dinner/index.html
  • 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.

2) Chief Executive
  • Obama chooses Howard A. Schmidt to be the Cyber Security Chief
  • http://cbs2.com/national/cyber.security.chief.2.1384763.html
  • 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.

3) Chief Administrator
  • Obama signs executive order on abortion, funding limits
  • http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/03/24/obama.abortion/index.html
  • 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.

4) Chief Diplomat
  • Obama winning enemies, losing friends in key places
  • http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/03/28/INOJ1CK42U.DTL
  • 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.

5) Commander in Chief

6) Chief Legislator
  • President Obama urges congress to pass the health care bill. President Obama signs the health care bill; Senate takes up House changes
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/03/23/health.care.main/index.html?eref=edition
  • 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.

7) Chief of Party

8) Chief Citizen