The President of the United States

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The president of the United States of America is often referred to as the “leader of the free world.” It is a position that garners tremendous respect, and is burdened with extraordinary responsibilities. In American politics, it is the preeminent office for an elected official, and once president, “hunger for a higher office cannot drive them” (Bissette & Pitney, 2012, p. 422). The president is also the one person in America who does not answer to just a single district or state, but is the representative to all. Because of the position as chief executive for the nation, the president needs to work with his people and their legislatures, as well as within the realm of foreign affairs, representing the country abroad. This takes a certain level of charisma, or as the authors of The Federalist Papers detailed it as the “energy of the executive” (Hamilton, Madison & Jay, 1788).
Prior to the founding of the United States, the position of executive which the founders were most familiar with was that of Monarch, specifically King George III of Great Britain. An all-powerful dictator, an emperor, or especially a King were out of the question for many of the founders, and so the executive office of president was created, to hold great power, yet still be readily accountable to the people through election, and in check by both Congress and the Supreme Court (Bissette & Pitney, 2012, p. 423). Early presidents faced tough situations which called for tough decisions, such as what

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