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Key presidential roles: each role is a different part of the president's job

Chief Executive

head of executive branch - carry out or "execute" the laws and rules/regulations

Commander in Chief

head of the military, even though he's a civilian (someone not in the military)

Chief Diplomat

head of our nation's foreign policy (how we deal with other countries)

Legislative (lawmaking) Leader

tries to influence Congress, but not a part of congress

Judicial powers

influences Judicial Branch - pardons (gives forgiveness), appoints justices (judges)

Party leader

unofficial head of his political party

Chief of State

ceremonial head of our nation - appears at international ceremonies. Example: funerals, awards, weddings

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