Origins of the Presidency and Official Duties

Duties and Powers

What are the president’s various roles?

Although the U.S. Constitution clearly assigns to the president only the roles of chief executive and commander of the country’s armed forces, today the president of the United States assumes six basic roles: (1) chief executive; (2) chief of state/foreign relations; (3) commander in chief; (4) chief legislator; (5) chief of party; and (6) chief citizen, or popular leader.


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