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What Makes an Effective President

For the president to be more effective in his term, he must focus on the current affairs of the country. If the United States is at war, then Commander-in-Chief role is the most important role because of his duty to protect the country. However, if the United States is at peace, then the president will take on a new role that fits the situation. According to Rossiter’s The American Presidency, the roles of president include: Chief of State, Chief Executive, Chief Diplomat, Commander-in-Chief, Chief Legislator, Chief of Party, Voice of the People, Protector of Peace, Manager of Prosperity. The roles of the president are very important to understand what he is supposed to do in his term to make him more effective. It is crucial to understand that it depends on the context of the moment to decide which presidential role will be the most efficient. If the United States is in war, the president must worry about the safety of the nation. If the United States is in peace, then the important role depends on the current circumstance in the country; for example, whether the Unites States needs to overcome debt, or make an important policy.

If the president focuses on the role of Commander-in-Chief during war, than he can make his term more effective for the country. As the Commander-in-Chief, the president is in charge of the armed forces. He has the number one priority in the army. He decides where troops are stationed, where ships can be sent, or whatever there is something needed in times of war. All of the generals take their orders from him. Therefore, this shows that in war, the president’s number one duty is to protect the nation from the enemy. Also, the president obtains more power than he would in times of peace. This can make him more effective as a president because he is focusing on the most important issue available. The president will use the Commander-in-Chief role in time of war because it is more important than the other roles at that moment.

At times of peace, there are other presidential roles that the president can obtain to be more efficient. Since the president does not have to worry about war, there not using his Commander-in-Chief role, he has to take on other current affairs inside the country, or diplomatic roles with other countries. If there is a bill that is being debated, then the president will take on the Chief Legislator for the moment. This example can show that for a president to be effective, he needs to focus on the current events. Another important and recent example is the Fiscal Cliff policy that took place earlier in the year. For the president to be fully effective, he must put his role of Chief Legislator above all the others to make him more effective.

The American Presidency, there are important roles that the president must activate at the right time to make him a more efficient leader. This topic is interesting to me because of the complexity of the presidents job in the United States. I believe that it is important for the president to use each role at the right time to make him for effective. During times of war, I believe that Commander-in-Chief is definitely the most important role. However, during times of peace, I believe that the president must pay attention to the current affairs of not just the United States, but of the whole world. Political scientist made these role to make it easier to visualize what the president actually does. During certain situations, I believe that the president will enthuse on one or the other depending if its relevant in the current affair.

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