The President of the United States has five powers:
Commander in Chief - lead the troops and care for the veterans
Head of State - negotiate treaties, establish embassies and seek the peace
Make federal appointments - ambassadors, judges, etc.
Approve or reject legislation
He also has what President Teddy Roosevelt called a "bully" pulpit - an opportunity to occasionally address the American people on national affairs.
President Obama has spent the first six years of his presidency sitting on the "bully" pulpit, pushing for a legislative agenda. That's the job of the leaders of the House and Senate. If he had been attending to the duties of his office, he would have had the time and attention to devote to the issues that are now scandals. He would have attended the issues of veterans, ambassadors and IRS intrusions.
- Jay Evensen: Legislature's pornography...
- Jay Evensen: Ask people in the Third World if...
- My view: Scouting: Friend or foe?
- Ralph Hancock: The anti-establishment delusion
- Jonathan Johnson: The truth about sales tax...
- In our opinion: Critics of porn resolution...
- In our opinion: National security and the...
- Dan Liljenquist: Increasing police officer pay
- In our opinion: National security and... 77
- Is it time for our first woman president? 55
- Robert J. Samuelson: The false charms... 55
- My view: Scouting: Friend or foe? 35
- Barack Obama: Religious freedom keeps... 33
- Jay Evensen: Legislature's pornography... 31
- Letter: Coal and job creation 23
- Ralph Hancock: The anti-establishment... 19