The Strengths and Weaknesss of the American Presidency. It goes in detail about the president's responsibilties and tasks.

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The American Presidency is a puzzling aspect to most Americans. There is a lot of debate about the system's strengths and weaknesses. I would like to offer a broad concept of the American constitutional system, which are the executive, legislative and judicial branches. To begin to grasp the constitutional system, I would like to discuss why the forefathers composed it this way. The forefathers chose a mixed government that represented three existing forms of government: a monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy. The president would represent the elected monarchy, the Senate would represent the aristocracy, and the House of Representatives would represent the democracy. The American presidency has a great deal of strength and weakness, which I will discuss in this paper.

One of the president's strengths, which he shares with the Senate, is to negotiate treaties, appoint ambassadors, judges, and high officials. Another major strength is the responsible of the president's job.

As a nation, we place no greater responsibility on any one individual than we do on the president. Not one other job is as complex and complicated. We ask the president to be executive, diplomat, military leader, and consoler. On any given day he might have to make life and death decisions, propose policies that will change the course of the country, and then greet a group of elementary schoolchildren. Although the president shares power with Congress and the judiciary, he is the most powerful and important officeholder in the country. As the principal foreign policy maker, the president of the United States has become the world's most important leader in international affairs. These responsibilities have grown dramatically from the time George Washington took up his sword during the Whiskey Rebellion to the day Harry S. Truman authorized dropping an atomic bomb on Japan. The burden of such awesome...