Foreign Domestic Policy

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American presidents have to balance domestic policy with foreign policy. Discuss the degree to which the following presidents were successful and unsuccessful in domestic and foreign policy: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson.

As president of the United States of America, you must be able to balance both domestic policy and foreign policy. Domestic policy consists of the problems and situations that directly affect the country. However, foreign policy consists of the problems that concern both the government’s own country as well as foreign countries to solve problems and potential problems. The United States’ first three presidents (George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson) were forced to set the pace and create an example of how to balance both policies for future presidents. Because these presidents really didn’t have any previous examples to follow, they had to figure the situation out for themselves, which clearly shows in each president’s successes and failures in balancing foreign policy with domestic policy.

George Washington was elected the nation’s first president unanimously in 1789 by the Electoral College. He was elected for a second term, but he refused to serve a third, which established the maximum number of terms that a president may serve which still stands today. This act alone was clearly a domestic success in itself because Washington created a policy that has since been left alone and accepted by the American people. Also because he was the first president, Washington was able to choose where the permanent seat of government would be. He chose a spot in the Territory of Columbia, which was named the City of Washington in the first president’s honor. The Territory of Columbia was later renamed the District of Columbia, which is where the name “Washington D.C.” originated. This seat has also been widely accepted with no hesitation, so it is considered another domestic success in Washington’s favor....
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