American President Is First Citizen

852 WordsMay 13, 20024 Pages
The first citizen of a nation can be seen as an individual who is at the head of his institution and also one of his own citizens. It may seem ironic or even impossible that a person can assume such high standing while maintaining the typical image of his fellow men. But with the unique structure of the American Government and the many interesting facets of its President, the American Presidency can assume such roles. Since the military is headed by civilian control, the President's status as Commander-in-Chief declares him as one of and head of the civilian population. The American President is the leader of his political party as chief of party, the ceremonial head of the American Government as chief of state, and a representation of…show more content…
Just as Carter introduced himself as "peanut farmer and nuclear physicist"3, he typified the President as the first citizen – being down to earth as well as slightly above others in certain respects such as intelligence. The US citizens are one of the few in the world that "calls on its chief executive to serve as its symbolic, ceremonial head of state and as its political head of government." They seek a President that can assume different positions, making him the first citizen. The common assumption of a ruler is that of an individual who possesses greater characteristics than his constituents and is "above" the average citizen in different respects. When looking back at the history of the United States Presidency, many a times the citizens had won themselves an individual who rose to be greater than the common ruler and truly assumed the role of first citizen. When examining the goal of the American Government and the foundation upon which it was founded, it is clear that the Founding Fathers as well the true American people have sought and viewed their leader as a capable individual whom they could call their own. 1. Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents Richard Neustadt 2. The Rise of Plebiscitary Presidency Craig Rimmerman 3. The Paradoxes of the American Presidency Thomas Cronin & Michael
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