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The President as Chief of State In every government there is a ceremonial head of the government who is the symbol of all the people in the nation As Howard Taft put it The personal embodiment and representative of their dignity and majestyMcClenaghan pg 316 That person is the Chief of State or more commonly known as the President One of the main factors that cause the presidents to be viewed as a symbol of the American community is the presidents ceremonial duties which are named in the Constitution The Constitution states several ceremonial duties that the presidents are obliged to perform They are required to take an oath of office periodically inform Congress of the State of Union negotiate with foreign powers and receive Ambassadors and other Public Ministers These Constitutional ceremonial duties supported the assumption of the Chief of State role by George Washington and his successors because they made the president appear as the leader of the entire nationThe Presidents A-Z Pg 68 Castro 2 Both the Oath of Office ceremony the Inauguration and the State of Union address physically place the President out in front of other government officials Also the Presidents duty to receive Ambassadors shows that foreign governments view and regard the president as the official representative of the United States and since the rest of the world sees our president as being the Chief of State then the domestic responsibilities of the Chief of State could not be assumed more gracefully than anyone but the President The Presidents A-Z pg 69 In the 18th century when the Framers designed the US presidents job monarchy was the style of government throughout most of the world But since they wanted to avoid any suggestion of a monarchy the Framers of the constitution made the Chief of State the Chief Executive as well They called this person the President But like monarchs the US Presidents are the living symbol of the
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