A president's personal character, his approach to the position and circumstances during his term all contribute to presidential behavior. Presidents have approached the office from two vague positions. They have believed, to varying degrees, that either the president has a strong leadership position and broad powers to direct the nation in one direction, or that the president has very limited powers dictated by the Constitution and should act like a chief administrator for the Federal Government. These beliefs were reflected in their behavior while in the White House. Franklin Roosevelt believed that the Federal Government had an obligation and interest in bringing the nation out of the depression.
President Bush talked about the firefighters and other rescue workers who worked past exhaustion to save the lives of people in danger. The rescue workers embodied the American spirit. In conclusion, the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 could have divided and weakened the nation. President Bush gave an amazing speech that united, comforted and reminded us just how strong we are. It united us by telling us how brave and courageous we were in the wake of a tragedy like 9/11.
The president, however, runs a risk of causing an undeclared war. When presidents do cause these undeclared wars, Congress feels like their war powers are being violated and manipulated. Under the constitution, war powers are split between the executive and legislative branches. The president has the title of commander in chief which is his most important power as chief executive. As commander in chief, the president directs the military and it is his duty to ensure that a war goes on smoothly after it has begun.
The presidential role as Chief legislator is not written in the National Constitution, it is, however, one of the created major roles that the president must fulfill. Chief legislator is defined in the as the president having an influence on making and recommending laws to congress. For example, it allows the president to either accept bills into law or veto (denying) bills from becoming law. Speaking of vetoes, the veto power has developed into a powerful instrument of the President’s leadership in legislation (Binkley, 1956). Meaning, the president has the ability to threaten to veto a bill as a tool to spook Congress into changing a part of legislation that the president does not agree with.
He made it a point to say that we needed to act now, and that over thinking would bring letdown to the country’s hunt for revenge. President George W. Bush use of symbolic strategies is admirable, regardless of one’s beliefs with politics. With his crucial tone combined with anaphoras and pathos, Bush created a speech that was inspiring and provoking. Looking back at everything, it is apparent that Bush used his successful speech as a stepping stone to go into Afghanistan, and then later Iraq. Bush’s 9/11 speech will go down in history and nobody will ever forget about this tragic, horrendous event that shocked our country worldwide.
He claims that an acts in the government to improve the international community through negotiation and cooperation. Likewise President Bush remark "It is to inspire and be inspired by other nations to work together toward a peaceful and prosperous future" (BBC News). Bush, as well as our society, feels the president should be strong- especially in international politics and policies. When the United States was attacked September 11, 2001, the people looked to the president to lead, and in essence, seek revenge. On both of these levels of domestic considerations, we will never know to exactly what extent they influence the president's choice of action, but they help us in understanding some of the foreign policy decisions.
That same public mood helps to influence the failure of the press to apply sufficient skepticism to the president's rationale for the invasion of Iraq, the conflict that will define his presidency. Nevertheless, the results of the 2004 election give Bush the public mandate and congressional support he needs to sustain his policies in Iraq and the war on terror. His re-election, also gives him a stronger base to pursue a conservative domestic agenda. Bush strengthened his showing from the 2000 election, in which he lost the popular vote to Vice President Al Gore but won the electoral count a month later. In 2004, President Bush supporters were loyal towards his leadership qualities, likeability, values, terro... ... middle of paper ... ...s are driving voters' decisions.
This paper will explore how these elements complement and contrast one another in providing our government leaders the tools to achieve national security. The division of power is one of the most often cited principles of our constitutional system. For example, in terms of foreign policy, the Senate must provide advice and consent to the president when making treaties and appointments. Conversely, the constitution grants Congress the authority to declare war and provide the military funding while the President acts as the commander in chief of the armed forces. This sharing of power creates friction between the executive and legislative branches when they are in disagreement and “is an invitation to struggle for the privilege of directing American foreign policy”.
America is one of the few countries where government acts on the interest of their people. Through from my interview essay what I learn is that American people have self-belief that their country should always act as the leader of the world .In my interview essay the interviewee said “America should protect itself from others and maintain the rule of law in the world(interview essay,1) . Thus, I can know the view of the citizens of America what they think about the role of their country. People of America always want their nation to be powerful and lead in all frontiers of global issues. We must take a leadership role in working with other in a collaborative way to address long term threats to humanity and maintain global issues is always raised by the American people.
During Bush?s State of the Union speech, he emphasized that a key role of our government was to protect us from foreign terrorists. However, if the Bush Administration continues to advocate such measures as the Patriot Act, then an important question is raised: Who will protect us from our own government? I conclude my stance with a quote from Senator Russel Feingold the sole senator who voted in opposition to the USA Patriot Act, Feingold passionately states ?Preserving our freedom is one of the main reasons that we are now engaged in this new war against terrorism. We will lose that war without firing a shot if we sacrifice the liberties of the American people. ?