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1 Role, 2 Roles, 3 Roles, … It’s called the President

            Recently I heard about President Obama hosting the annual Easter Egg Roll as well as visiting troops in Afghanistan.  From my government studies, I was able to understand these duties as three of the different roles the President holds: the Chief of State, the Commander in Chief, and the Voice of the People.  Originally, I found these two events interesting because they are completely different, but they both include duties of the Chief of State.  I was able to further appreciate other ways our President serves the United States.

Bo on the Easter egg!

            In hosting the Annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House, the President performs his job as the Chief of State, “the living symbol of the nation.”  As Chief of State, he is in charge of ceremonial events, which increase morale in the country.  On April 9, 2012, Obama presided over all aspects of hosting this year’s 134th Easter Egg Roll with the theme “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move.”  The event included family activities and the traditional egg roll on the South Lawn, as well as “educating families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines.”   In promoting healthy lifestyles, people gained a positive perception of Obama, which reflected positively on America as well.  I appreciated Obama’s effort to use the opportunity to spread ideas, which will improve the quality of life for the American people.  Next, I found it amusing that President Obama was even represented by a picture of his family’s dog, Bo, on the red Easter egg.  In conclusion, Obama successfully performed his duties as he appeared as a remarkable President and representative of the country by hosting a day of fun and promoting healthy lifestyles.

On May 1, 2012, President Obama visited the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan to greet the American troops and present ten Purple Hearts.  In his visitation, he performed the duty of the Chief of State as well as the Commander in Chief and the Voice of the People.  At this event, his duty as the Chief of State is different than when he hosted the Easter Egg Roll.  In Afghanistan, he stood as an inspirational symbol of the country while he addressed the troops rather than hosting an event.  The soldiers who earned the Purple Hearts held President Obama in high esteem and looked to him as the most important figure in the country.  Also, by presenting awards to righteous people, other Americans wanted to gain the same honorable mention, which increases morale in the country.  I value the President increasing morale because it strengthens our country’s identity.  In addition, as the Commander in Chief, Obama interacted with the troops in order to evaluate strategic plans for conflict and motivate his troops to persevere, “We don’t go looking for a fight. But when we see our homeland violated, when we see our fellow citizens killed, then we understand what we have to do.” Lastly, as the Voice of the People, he gave a message of gratefulness from the people of America to the troops.  Obama expressed America’s gratitude in saying,

“And so, together, you guys represent what is best in America.  And you’re part of a long line of those who have worn this uniform to make sure that we are free and secure, to make sure that those of us at home have the capacity to live our lives…And I’m here to tell you, everybody in America knows that.  And everybody in America appreciates it.  And everybody in America honors it.”

The President is able to make speeches like these because he knows the true feelings of the people of America.  Obama’s trip to Afghanistan was extremely impressive going a great distance to perform three of his roles.

Soldiers Receiving Purple Hearts

            I overlooked the importance of each of the Presidents’ roles in each event until my government studies.  In using the knowledge I obtained, I am able to see the significance of each action the President takes.  I now see how each role represents not just the President, but also the entire country.  President Obama does a great job in juggling all roles at one time and creating a fantastic identity for America.  As seen in the two events, Obama is a figure for, speaks for, and gives direction for the United States of America.  When throwing an event or giving a speech, he embodies the ideals of this country.  While performing his roles, he is motivating, thoughtful, and insightful.

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