Is the most powerful elected official in the United States the Presidency? The Office of the President started after the Revolutionary War. America’s Founding Fathers designed the political system so that it would not resemble a Parliament Government and especially to not have a King. Instead there would be an elected official to lead the Federal Government, enforce the laws and act as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. The White House was built for the President and his family to reside while he serves his term of four years in office; however to make it clear that this is not a Parliament Government it was purposely built with no throne and the President would not wear a crown.
“To be eligible to become president the candidate must be a native-born citizen of the United States (or born abroad of two citizen parents); at least 35 years of age; and have lived in the United States for at least 14 years” (History.com:U.S. Presidents).
The powers of the U.S, President are outlined in Article II of the Constitution. This states that executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States making the President the head of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Presidential powers include: authority to appoint judges and ambassadors as well as other high ranking officials, foreign policy powers, presidential war power, veto legislation, grant pardons, issue proclamations and orders, administer law and serve as commander in chief of the armed forces (Presidential Powers ).
When the Founding Fathers designed the office of the President there was great concern over how much power this one individual would carry. In fear of anarchy and monarchy they created the check and balances system. According to the separation of powers in the Constitution, Congress has the power to impeach the President, override presidential vetoes, approve departmental appointments, treaties, ambassadors and replacement of vice president (Constitutional Topic: Checks and Balances).
“Congress has the primary lawmaking power, and the executive branch, headed by the president, is the primary law enforcer” (Checks and Balances: Three Branches of American Government). The Presidents may enact initiatives without congressional approval in two ways, by issuing a proclamation or an executive order, which has full effect of law and is directed to Federal Agencies that are charged with carrying out the order (Presidential Legislative Powers).
Today’s presidents are the result of an evolution. The early presidents did very little in comparison to the current presidents. The formal powers listed in the Constitution show very little responsibilities and very little definition. The early presidents were merely a chief clerk of the country, with a very modest office and staff. The current Presidents are surrounded by hundreds of staff members and agencies that make up the executive office of the president with an enormous amount of resources at his...