About the President:

The President is the both the head of state and head of the U.S. government, as well as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. armed forces. The President can sign legislation passed by Congress into law, or can veto the bill to prevent it from becoming law.

The Basics of the President:

The President is the both the head of state and head of the U.S. government, as well as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. armed forces. The President can sign legislation passed by Congress into law, or can veto the bill to prevent it from becoming law. Once laws are passed, the President is responsible for their execution and enforcement. The President also can issue executive orders, which are directives that have the power of law. The President appoints the heads of many federal agencies, as well as federal judges, ambassadors and U.S. Supreme Court justices.

Detailed Rules and Responsibilities of the President:

The President is the both the head of state and head of the U.S. government, as well as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. armed forces. The President can sign legislation passed by Congress into law, or can veto the bill to prevent it from becoming law. A presidential veto, however, can be overridden with a two-thirds vote from Congress. Once laws are passed, the President is responsible for their execution and enforcement. The President also can issue executive orders, which are directives that have the power of law. The President appoints the heads of many federal agencies including the Cabinet, as well as federal judges, ambassadors and U.S. Supreme Court justices. The President can sign and negotiate treaties, and has the power to issue pardons and clemencies for federal crimes. The 22nd Amendment limits the President to two four-year terms. The President represents the Executive Branch, which also includes the Vice President.


Additional Information

Definitions provided by Arizona State University Morrison Institute for Public Policy.