Carter Administration

Carter Administration

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  • Hmm... Now who could we use to exemplify these roles?
  • The President of the United States is, arguably, the most powerful man in the world.  The President is given powers in seven categories by the people of the United States, with the hope that the man wielding those powers can responsibly represent them.
  • Of course, perfect! President 39, Jimmy Carter. Carter served one term - from 1977-1981. Let's get right into his first power (and responsibility) - Head of State.
  • As the Head of State, it's the president's job to symbolically represent the country in ceremonial affairs. During his presidency, Carter invited Pope John Paul II to the White House - the first president to do so!
  • Thank you for this invitation! We have all too much in common.
  • The two spoke in private for over an hour, where they discussed the mistreatment of human beings and the need to create world peace, including the United States' power to make that change.
  • The president's next power is that of Chief Executive.  This makes them the head of the United States Executive Branch.  During his presidency, Carter introduced multiple new departments to the Cabinet. He first introduced the Department of Energy to prioritize energy conservation and to discourage internationally sourced energy.
  • That's not all! With the Department of Education, this nation will give education the priority it deserves!
  • Next, the president is the Chief Legislator.  The president has the power to propose legislation to Congress, and is often expected to do so during the State of the Union address. Such as in 1980, when the President announced the "Carter Doctrine" - proposing that military force be used in the Persian Gulf when in the nation's interests.
  • It's because of those Soviets! I just knew they were going to make a move in the Middle East.
  • The President is also our Economic Leader.  Carter had inherited an economy in poor shape, so in 1978 he proposed on national television a plan to curb inflation by reducing government waste.
  • Wait just a moment! He proposed deregulation, too! That sounds pretty conservative to me! What kind of democratic leader is this?
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