The Role of the President of the United States

The president of the United States has enormous pressure and roles to live up to as the leader of arguably one of the biggest super powers in history; as a consequence he is formally known as the ‘head of state’. There are many responsibilities bestowed upon the president of the United States due to the power of the US. Formerly the president has seven main titles to fulfill: Chief of State, Chief Diplomat, Chief Executive, Chief Legislator, Commander-in-Chief, Chief of Party and Chief Guardian of the Economy.


Perhaps the role that grants the president the most power over the country and perhaps the world is the fact that he is the Commander-in-chief. This means that he is in charge of the US armed forces which are the army, navy, air forces and the marines.

As can be seen this gives the president significant power to exert his influence over not only the US, but also the world, as he can deploy troops at his own will. The institution only grants the congress the power to formally declare war, however it is up to the president to carry out the military intervention, deploy troops and come up with military strategies with his advisors.

Chief Legislator

Another important and powerful role of the US president is one of ‘chief legislator’. This grants the president great power as he can single handedly apply his power to any laws congress passes. The first power the constitution grants the president is the ‘veto’.

Any bill passed by the congress must be presented to the president before it can officially become law. Once presented with the law, the president has three options:

  1. Sign the proposed law and hence it comes into effect.

  2. Veto the proposed law and return it to congress citing any objections

  3. The president makes no decision. After 10 days, not counting sindays, there are only two possible scenarios:
    • If congress is still together, the proposed law comes into effect.

    • If congress is adjourned, the proposed law does no come into effect.

As can be seen, this is a monumental power granted to presidents as they can single handedly effect the outcome of many proposed bills.

The United States president has many important roles in the functioning and governing of his country. Since the United States is the only global superpower in the world today, the president’s actions can have huge consequences not only domestically but also around the world. As such, he is bestowed with many roles to fulfill to ensure the safety and flourishing of the US.