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Lets go back in time to your junior high school American History class to do a quick refresher on the role of the president. As a voter, it is important to understand what the president can and can't do so that your expectations of their four-year term aren't beyond their role. Below is the actual job description of the United States President:

The President's Job Description

The Constitution assigns the president two roles: chief executive of the federal government and Commander in Chief of the armed forces.

  • As Commander in Chief, the president has the authority to send troops into combat, and is the only one who can decide whether to use nuclear weapons.
  • As chief executive, he enforces laws, treaties, and court rulings; develops federal policies; prepares the national budget; and appoints federal officials.
  • He also approves or vetoes acts of Congress and grants pardons.
The president's annual salary is $400,000 with an annual allowance for expenses of $50,000.

A leader creates the space for you to be your best self; they don't solve everything. That's what people are for. As the CEO of America, the president's responsibility is similar to that of a CEO of Fortune 500 company:
  • Set vision & strategy (ie power to the peope)
  • Develop competitive advantage (ie education, universal healthcare)
  • Build a strong team (ie cabinet, supreme court)
  • Allocate resources effectively (ie taxing the upper-class)
The people make the president - the president doesn't make the people. As the election comes to a close, it is time to stop following Obama and start leading like Obama. Give yourself a vote of confidence and find the Obama inside you.

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