The president must serve in a number of capacities to fulfill a number of duties. Some of these roles are specified in the Constitution, but most of them have evolved over time; the following chart summarizes some of the president’s roles.
|Chief of State||Acts as the symbolic leader of the country|
|Chief Executive||Executes the laws, appoints key federal officials, grants pardons and reprieves|
|Commander in Chief||Runs the armed forces|
|Chief Diplomat||Negotiates with other countries|
|Chief Legislator||Signs or vetoes legislation, introduces legislation, works with Congress on the budget|
|Superpolitician||Helps his or her party raise money and elect candidates|
Chief of State
Every nation has a chief of state, a person who serves as the symbolic leader of the country and represents the nation. In the United States, the president both leads the government and acts as the chief of state, although this is not the case in many countries. As chief of state, the president presides over commemorations of war heroes, throws out the first pitch at baseball games, and attends funerals of world leaders, among other duties.
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