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It takes a special kind of person, someone tough, smart, and driven, just to run for the job. It takes still more talent and character to hold up under the pressures of life in the White House. Great Expectations Americans expect a lot from their Presidents.
Understandably, they want the President to take quick action on problems facing the nation, such as crime and drug abuse. Only Congress can pass legislation, and Congress sometimes moves slowly.
The President can only approve or veto reject legislation that Congress passes. Even then, Congress can override a veto and make it the law. That is because he must react quickly to threats and opportunities from other countries.
Also, the President must get Congress to approve any big decision, such as declaring war or approving a treaty. The "Bully Pulpit" Despite these limitations, Presidents have incredible power.
Much of that power is informal, meaning it is not spelled out anywhere in the U. For instance, President Theodore Roosevelt in office said that his office gave him a "bully pulpit" a powerful platform that lets him draw attention to key issues. Theodore Roosevelt was an expert at using the bully pulpit to drum up support for his policies.
So was his cousin, President Franklin D. Franklin Roosevelt led the U. His radio addresses, called "fireside chats," drew huge audiences. Before one speech, Roosevelt asked people to buy maps so that they could follow his explanation of World War II events.
His request produced a nationwide run on maps, and about 80 percent of Americans listened to his speech. Facing Crises Franklin Roosevelt is considered one of the best Presidents, in part because he was so good at communicating with the public.
What other skills do you think a President needs? Consider these three crises faced by past Presidents: InPresident Thomas Jefferson had an opportunity that came in wrapped in a big problem. France had offered to sell the U.
That was a bargain. The problem was that the U. Constitution gave Jefferson no authority to make the purchase. But Jefferson went ahead and bought the land, nearly doubling the size of the U. He later admitted that he had "stretched the Constitution until it cracked.
Risk of Civil War: Abraham Lincoln was elected President in Novemberbut he did not take office until the following March. During that time, seven Southern states voted to secede leave the Union because they feared that Lincoln would abolish slavery.
The new President had to choose:Here are the only requirements to be president of the United States listed in Article Two, Section 1, of the United States Constitution: “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be.
Legal requirements for presidential candidates have remained the same since the year Washington accepted the presidency. As directed by the Constitution, a presidential candidate must be a natural born citizen of the United States, a resident for 14 years, and 35 years of age or older.
Once I announced I was stepping down as president of George Mason University, the questions began. Some of the questions are those you would expect, such as “What are you going to do next?” But sometimes I’m asked what advice I would give to someone getting ready to take on such an important job.
Have a short, clean message. It should. All Americans have different ideas about the importance that character plays in the job performance of the President. Considering all of the hats that a President must wear, perhaps the symbolic role that the President plays is most affected by character.
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