The purpose of the report is to show the responsibilities and the roles of the President of the United States. This paper will attempt to cover the different obligations the President must fulfill in order to be considered a good President.
The role of the president changes with each new inauguration, sometimes dramatically for the good, or drastically for the bad. Presidents such as George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abe Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, John Kennedy, and Bill Clinton are men who undoubtedly changed the course of the American Presidency forever.
The position of President was created during and immediately after the Revolutionary War under laws called the Articles of Confederation (online). The name itself came from the original name for the chief officer who presided over congress (online). The first man who had taken this position was George Washington, whose name every American is familiar with (Britannica.com). To the position, Washington brought great “courage, prestige, and wisdom”, and created a sort of legacy for those after him to follow (Schlesinger, 21). The legacy was followed, and expanded with men who interpreted the constitution in new ways, and increased the power of the presidency. Presidents such as Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln are examples of this. As America became a world power, the President was given more power. Men like Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, and John F. Kennedy then used the position to advance the freedom of our country, and encourage the development of our minds and souls. .
The Constitution dictates the fore-mentioned powers that the president has, and it also states the basic requirements that a person must fit in order to act as president. These requirements are as follows:.
No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of president; neither shall any person be eligible to the office who shall not have attained to the age of 35 years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States
Presidential Rankings: Best, Worst, and Mediocre.
I decided to focus on the 1990″s presidential poll instead of the 1962 poll while I was deciding my own presidential poll because the 1990″s poll is more recent and, therefore, includes more presidents. Actually, my poll is not so much a poll since I was the only person polled. While my research led me to make some changes I want to focus particularly on why I improved the rankings of Ronald Reagan and Calvin Coolidge while decreasing the ranking of Jimmy Carter. This paper will also discuss why I decided to rank Bill Clinton at 33 and George Bush at 34.
An important thing to focus on when ranking the presidents of the United States is the success, positive or negative, of their policies and decisions. This is not always an easy thing to do to the more recent presidents. Their success based on this criterion is still subject to change as their policies and ideas continue to have an affect on society. In doing my own rankings of the presidents I tried to focus not only on this but also their character while in office, popularity, and their success in getting their programs approved by Congress. It seems logical to me that a successful president would generally be popular more times than not. Also a successful president is one who can get done what he wants with the help of Congress whether these eventual bills turn out to be viewed as a negative or a positive for our nation. .
While I do not know the reason for Ronald Reagan”s ranking, I find it to be significantly lower than it should be. One theory I have come up with is that this 1990″s presidential poll favors liberals over conservatives. It is possible that the majority of the people polled were college professors. Statistics show that on the average more college professors are liberal than are conservative. Due to this I believe this poll to be biased against conservative presidents like Reagan and Calvin Coolidge while favoring liberal presidents like Jimmy Carter.