The chief of state, also called the “head of state” is a title given to the highest elected official of a government. In the United States, this position is held by the president or the elected leader of the executive branch. The job of the president is possibly the most important of all government positions. Not only does the president oversee the operations of the executive branch of government, he also must enforce the laws created by Congress.
The president is responsible for executing and enforcing the laws created by Congress. A large White House staff and the president's appointed cabinet members help to carry out the day-to-day functions of the White House. Should a law be enacted in Congress, the president must first approve the new bill. Then, upon its ratification, appoint someone to oversee the execution of that law and ensure its integration.
Appointing Members of the Cabinet
Upon his election, the president is expected to appoint the member of his cabinet. The vice president is one of these positions along with 15 other department heads. Agriculture, defense, commerce, energy, education, urban development, treasury and labor are just a few of those departments. The president’s cabinet members oversee the functions of these departments. They also regularly advise and brief the president regarding developments in these areas of government.
The president holds a particular weight in Congress meaning she has the power to either veto or sign into law a bill proposed by Congress. In order to override a president’s decision, the congress must get a two thirds vote in both houses. Also, the president has the right to sign treaties with foreign nations. In order for these treaties to be enacted, they must be ratified by two thirds of the senate.
The president is the face of the country. He represents America worldwide and is responsible for foreign relations. A large group of liaisons, called ambassadors, are the president’s eyes and ears in foreign nations. Foreign ambassadors usually get their jobs through bureaucratic ascension, but they can also be appointed by the president in certain circumstances. The president must make certain that there isn’t a lack of foreign ambassadors at any time. They brief the president of events in their host country.
State of the Union
According to the U.S. Constitution, it is the president duty to "from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient." The State of the Union address is a formal duty performed by the president usually in January of each year that he is in office.