The Presidency And Inexperience

The President of our country functions in many capacities: as head of state, as head of government, as commander in chief of the armed forces, and even as leader of his political party. The president is thus the most important force in a political system in which power is highly dispersed, both within the government and between the government and the people. Accordingly, it is important that a president be experienced, not only in the latter years of his administration, but also in the initial stages of his presidency. Currently, our system is such that an incumbent president leaves office completely once his ‘successor’, so to speak, assumes office.
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he may be a Washington insider (like Bob Dole), who has spent a great deal of his life in Congress working with (or against) the president on various bills, campaigns, etc. Nevertheless, he has still not had the experience that even approximates that of an incumbent president. Primarily this is because the presidents task is so multifaceted. (Neustadt 103)
In one of his capacities, as head of state, the president receives representatives of other governments and performs a variety of ceremonial duties such as holding state dinners and bestowing the Medal of Honor. (Neustadt 84) In fact the President’s activities as head of state are not limited to the White House and Washington, D.C. He is expected to travel within the country and also travel extensively abroad and appear before the people of many countries. As head of state, the president symbolizes the sovereignty and power of the United States; presidential words and acts radiate an aura of significance that no other American ...

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with leaders of the former Soviet Union and its successor states and meetings with leaders of the country's principal allies have become a recurrent experience for recent presidents. Presidents preside over the negotiation of major treaties with other countries, such as the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977-78 or the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty of 1963. They oversee arms control negotiations and work to check the spread of nuclear arms capability to other nations.
As commander in chief of the armed forces, the president is responsible for the nation's security. The president deploys troops abroad and sometimes orders them into combat to protect the interests, property, and lives of U.S. ...

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