25 Things The President Of The United States CAN Actually Do

If some of these things seem like they might be in conflict at times with what the President of the United States can’t do, well, that’s the point. Checks and balances. The Government is made up of three branches – Executive (POTUS), Legislative (Congress), and Judicial (SCOTUS). No one has a magic button to do what they want. While this may seem like it creates a lot of pointless red tape and infighting, it also keeps the Republic running and not turning into an Oligarchy. So before you hate Obama/Bush/Clinton/Reagan, remember, the President takes most of the blame when everything goes wrong, and very little praise when it goes right.

If you’re reading this list – or our previous list 25 Things The President Can’t Actually Do – and saying to yourself “But so and so is stepping / stepped out of bounds!” remember, it’s up to the other two branches of government to keep the president in check. A failing on one part of the government is also a failing on the other two parts of government. A three legged stool cannot balance with one or two legs. Here are 25 Things The President Of The United States CAN Actually Do.

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Only a member of Congress can introduce legislation to be voted on, but it is the job of the President to recommend some important pieces of legislation to Congress, such as the annual budget and laws the President may have promised during his campaign. The President lays out his legislative agenda for the year during the State of the Union address and may call upon specific members of Congress to sponsor bills to that end. A recent and well known example of this is the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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The President is the primary person responsible for the United States' relations with foreign nations. To this end, he appoints ambassadors and counsels as well as other public officials (per senate approval), and along with the secretary of state, handles all official contacts with foreign governments including peace treaties. He may also respond to foreign events, propose legislation and negotiate agreements such as trade (which must be approved by Congress).

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Executive Privilege is the right of the President to refuse to disclose information to other branches of the government or to the public. This includes refusing to testify before a congressional committee, save when it's a criminal proceeding against the President. This is a large part of the reason why the Fast and Furious scandal wasn't investigated further or sooner- President Obama used these powers to shield the Justice Department from a Congressional Investigation.

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The POTUS can also call in special perks and favors for entertainment, too. In 2016, President Barack Obama requested advance episodes of season six of Game Of Thrones. He got them. As producer David Benioff said, "When the commander in chief says, 'I want to see advanced episodes' -- what are ya gonna do?"

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In times of trouble, it is up the the President to address the nation and grieve with us, as he is very much an American Citizen as well as the leader of our nation. It is his job to realistically address the danger or loss our nation has experienced, as well as give us hope and direction for the future. Perhaps the best example of this in our nation's history is the famous Gettysburg Address delivered by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. His words are the ones other nations see and judge us by in times of war, and words that give us hope to continue on.

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