Social Studies 5: What Does the President Do?
Hail to the chief... You know, unless they're from an opposing party. Then you can just post mean jokes about them on the internet.
|5th Grade||Social Studies|
|Elementary and Middle School||5th Grade|
A doctor helps make people feel better when they're sick, a teacher teaches, a dragon
breeder breeds dragons. [Dragon breathes fire]
But some jobs aren't as self-explanatory.
Have you ever thought about what the President of the United States does? [Person ponders]
Sure, you've probably seen the President giving speeches, meeting other politicians,
and pardoning turkeys every November. [Turkey is pardoned]
But that can't be it, right?
Well, let's check out what happens on the very first day of a Presidency. [January 20 circled in red]
When a President is sworn into office, they vow to “preserve, protect, and defend the
Constitution of the United States...” [Coop teaches]
And that kind of sums it all up!
It's the job of the President and the Executive branch to make sure everyone in the country
lives by the laws of the Constitution. [President holds branch]
Of course, we'd probably get in trouble with your teachers if we simply left it at that
and called it a day, so in the interest of staying in their good graces, let's cover [Hands raise]
some of the other roles and responsibilities of the President:
They're the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, meaning they get to call the final
shots when it comes to military action. [People playing Battleship]
They have the right to grant reprieves and pardons––remember the turkeys?––as
well as the right to make treaties – so long as they have the approval of two-thirds
of the senate. [The Senators sitting in Senate]
The President also has the right to nominate and appoint – again, with the Senate's approval
– ambassadors, consuls and supreme court judges. [People standing]
Yeesh, Senate…controlling much?
Well…yeah, actually. [Person holds Kryptonite]
The president doesn't have absolute power…they're kept in check by other branches of government.
For instance, the president also has the right to make recommendations to Congress –
though there's no promise that Congress will be very interested in listening. [President speaks]
And lastly, the President is able to appoint head officials to the US federal agencies, [Flag waves]
like the Department of Defense, the CIA, the Federal Reserve, NASA, and so on. [Department seals]
Hey, we've always wanted to check out Mars…how about it POTUS?
Put in a good word for Shmoop at NASA? [President recommends]
Those are just a few of the many official roles and responsibilities of the President.
Of course, there are many unofficial ones as well... [Phone displays President]
like making funny faces on camera...
kissing lots of babies heads... [Kisses baby]
and yes, even dancing on Ellen. [People dancing]
It's all part of the job.