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The President of the United States has five major roles within his job These include being the Commander in Chief Chief Diplomat Chief Executive Legislative Leader and the OpinionParty Leader The Commander in Chief is the role with the most power it is the most visible role and it commands the most respect from other institutions of government The Commander in Chief is the nations highest military leader and is the only role named in Article II of the Constitution The commander in chief and his closest advisors are the only relevant decision makers with our nations military not Congress Congress has declared only five wars since our nations birth compared to presidents have waged over 250 undeclared wars In the Constitutional Framers minds the role of commander in chief was little more than a military title Article II Section 2 of the Constitution states that the president was to be Commander in Chief of the army and navy of the United States and of the militia of the several states when called into the actual service of the United States But the meaning was still uncertain because it did not spell out what a commander could do in times of peace and war Today a commander can decide if and when troops are deployed in a crisis and determine troop strength call up reservists and the National Guard formulate air sea and ground strategies for war commit US troops to battle for whatever duration and specify when the war will end all without a declaration of war The role of Chief Diplomat is the second most powerful role of the President This role allows presidents to define our nations relationship with other countries Foreign affairs is considered to be more important than domestic policy by many presidents This role decides what American diplomats and ambassadors will say to foreign countries makes treaties and executive agreements with foreign nations takes part in international conferences proposes
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