The President of the United States- this title has come to earn so much honor, as it is considered "the most powerful elected official in the world” (World Book). Some of America's most distinguished men were once presidents, and we recall such great names as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy. This prestigious position is not something one is just handed, and when one does obtain it, it is very hard work. In this paper, I will help illustrate the role of the President, and his/her affect on our American Government.
The position of President was created during and immediately after the Revolutionary War under laws called the Articles of Confederation. The name itself came from the original name for the chief officer who presided over congress. The first man who had taken this position was George Washington, whose name every American is familiar with. To the position, Washington brought great "courage, prestige, and wisdom” (Schlesinger, 21), and created a sort of legacy for those after him to follow. 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, 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. .
As time passed, rules and regulations were made to ensure the President's job was for the best interest of this country. For instance, to become President, one must pass some certain legal qualifications set by the Constitution. "The President must be 35 years old, have lived in the United States at least 14 years, and be a natural born citizen” (World Book).