The President of the USA: What's His Job?--Part 3

JayeByrd By JayeByrd, 5th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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A short explanation of The Constitution of the United States, Article II, Section 3. This is based on the Constitution, itself, and does not consider any amendments or laws since it was originally approved.

State of the Union

The President, usually early in the year, gives an annual State of the Union speech. This is supposed to tell Congress, the Supreme Court, and the citizens of the United States what is going on in our country. It should cover things like the economy, foreign relations, and the job market.

Many times the State of the Union speech turns into a "look what I did" or "here's what I want to do" speech, instead of giving us the actual "state" of our country.

The President and Congress

The President may recommend what he considers "necessary and expedient" legislation to Congress, but the Constitution does not bind the Congress to consider such recommendations. Sometimes Congress gets very independent.

The President may convene either or both Houses of Congress. He may adjourn either or both Houses of Congress to a time of his choosing. This could be used for political purposes.

The President Receives

He shall receive Ambassadors, Prime Ministers, and other dignitaries. As the CEO of the Unites States, he is to maintain a dialogue with ranking officials of other countries.

The White House will host State Dinners for high-ranking, visiting officials. These are usually held with much pomp and ceremony.

The President Commissions

The Commander in Chief commissions all Officers of the United States. When a new military office receives his certificate, it says "commissioned as an officer and a gentleman." It seems strange a piece of paper can commission a "gentleman." Doesn't behavior enter into that someway?

Oath of Office

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

When inaugurated, the President takes the oath of office. He swears to "faithfully execute" the laws of the country and to "preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution. If he does not follow through on this, he is abdicating his sworn duties.


Commission Officers, Congress, Legislation, Oath Of Office, State Of The Union

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author avatar Retired
5th Sep 2014 (#)

The president has long discarded the oath of his office.

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author avatar A.M>CrewsAnita Crews
8th Sep 2014 (#)

I think he had his fingers crossed when he took the oath!

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