The primary duty of the president of the United States is to
make sure that all U.S. laws are carried out and that the federal
government is run effectively. Although the president may not
introduce new legislation - that's the duty of Congress - he
does wield veto power over all bills that are approved by the
legislature. In addition, the president has the weighty role of
commander in chief of the armed forces.
As the nation's chief executive, the president oversees foreign
Representatives at the time the override vote is taken.
The president is authorized to make treaties with foreign
nations, pending Senate approval. He also appoints
ambassadors to other countries and to the United Nations,
though those, too, require Senate confirmation. The president
and his administration represent the interests of the United
States abroad; as such, he often meets with, entertains and
develops a relationship with other heads of state.
Commander in Chief
The president serves as commander in chief of the nation's
armed forces. In addition to his powers over the military, the
president has the authority to deploy those forces at his
discretion, with congressional approval. He may also ask
Congress to declare war on other nations.
Salary and Perks
Being president is not without its perks. The president earns
$400,000 per year and is, traditionally, the highest-paid federal
official. He has use of two presidential residences, the White
House and Camp David in Maryland; has both an airplane, Air
Force One, and helicopter, Marine One, at his disposal; and has
a legion of staff members including a personal chef to assist
him in both his professional duties and private life.
The job is certainly not without its risks. The president and his
family are given round-the-clock protection by the Secret
Service. Abraham Lincoln was the first U.S. president to be
assassinated; James Garfield, William McKinley and John F.
Kennedy were also assassinated while in office. Andrew
Jackson, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan all
survived assassination attempts. Presidents continue to
receive Secret Service protection after they retire from office.
For myself i see a overstep of power from the president, isnt this illegal?