The “President” of the United States of America

Inspired by Jonah Goldberg‘s article The Quote-Unquote Presidency, here’s the revised, postmodern edition of the official job description of the chief executive:

The “President” of the United States of America is the “head of state” and “head of government” of the United States. The “president” leads the “executive” branch of the federal government and is the “commander-in-chief” of the United States Armed Forces.

Article II of the U.S. Constitution vests the “executive” power of the United States in the “president” and charges him with the “execution” of “federal law”, alongside the “responsibility” of appointing federal “executive”, diplomatic, regulatory, and judicial officers, and concluding treaties with foreign powers, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The “president” is further empowered to grant federal pardons and reprieves, and to convene and adjourn either or both houses of Congress under extraordinary circumstances. Since the founding of the United States, the power of the “president” and the federal government have grown substantially and each modern “president”, despite possessing no formal legislative powers beyond signing or vetoing congressionally passed bills, is largely “responsible” for dictating the legislative agenda of his party and the foreign and domestic “policy” of the United States. The “president” is frequently described as the “most powerful person in the world”.


Days Until the Presidential Election – National Review Online – The Quote-Unquote Presidency

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