Chief of State
Roles: This role requires a president to be an inspiring example for the American people. In some nations, the chief of state is a king or a queen who wears a crown on special occasions, celebrates national holidays, and stands for the highest values and ideals of the country. As the American Chief of State, the president is a living symbol of the nation. It is considered a great honor for any citizen to shake the president's hand. Examples of Behavior in Roles:
Awarding medals to the winners of college scholarships.
Congratulating astronauts on their journey into space.
Greeting visitors to the White House.
Making a patriotic speech on the Fourth of July.
2. Chief Executive
Roles: The president is "boss" for millions of government workers in the Executive Branch, deciding how the laws of the United States are to be enforced and choosing officials and advisers to help run the Executive Branch. Examples of Behavior in Roles:
Appointing someone to serve as head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).Holding a Cabinet meeting to discuss government business.
Reading reports about problems of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
3. Chief Diplomat
Roles: The president decides what American diplomats and ambassadors shall say to foreign governments. With the help of advisers, the president makes the foreign policy of the United States. Examples of Behavior in Roles:
Traveling to London to meet with British leaders.
Entertaining Japanese diplomats in the White House.
Writing a message or a letter to the leaders of the Soviet Union.
Roles: The president is in charge of the U.S. armed forces: the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. The president decides where troops shall be stationed, where ships shall be sent, and how weapons shall be used. All military generals and admirals take their orders from the President. Examples of Behavior...