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President Obama signs a bill, making it a law. ® The President’s Job COVER: JAMIE GRILL PHOTOGRAPHY/TETRA IMAGES/CORBIS; THE WHITE HOUSE PRESIDENTIAL SEAL ; PAGE 2: TOP: BROOKS KRAFT/CORBIS, ILLUSTRATION BY KELLY KENNEDY; PAGE 3: TOP: PAUL BUCK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES; BOTTOM: MARK VERGE/SOLENT; NASA MOONS If you were P resident, you would be very busy every day. Here are three of the responsibilities you would have. 1 A Big Job Ahead In November, Americans will decide whether to re-elect President Barack Obama or put a new leader in the White House. Obama is a Democrat. To determine which Republican will run against Obama, elections called primaries and caucuses are being held in each state. Whoever wins the presidency will have a tough job. As the leader of the nation, the President has many jobs to do and difficult issues to tackle. nation’s economy strong. That’s an especially big issue today. For several years, business has been slow in the U.S., and many people have lost their jobs. The President will need to figure out how to put people back to work . Another big challenge is the war in Afghanistan. U.S. troops have been fighting there since 2001. The main U.S. mission was to stop terrorists. Many terrorists have been caught, but violence th ere continues. As the Commander in Chief of the military, the President will decide what to do next. The President has lots of other issues to tackle too, including how to help schools and protect the environment . You would be in charge of the entire U.S. military. 2 You would make speeches to let everyone know how America is doing. 3 To-Do List A big part of a President’s job is working to keep the Words to Know economy: the system of making and selling goods and services environment: the natural world of land, sea, and air responsibilities: jobs You would visit other countries and meet their leaders. Balance of Power But no President does all of this alone. The U.S. government is set up so that no one person has too much power. For example, members of Congress write plans for new laws. The President says yes or no to them . Courts can decide if a law is legal or not. But through it all, the U.S. has one main leader—and that’s the President.

A Big Job Ahead

In November, Americans will decide whether to re-elect President Barack Obama or put a new leader in the White House. Obama is a Democrat. To determine which Republican will run against Obama, elections called primaries and caucuses are being held in each state.<br /> <br /> Whoever wins the presidency will have a tough job. As the leader of the nation, the President has many jobs to do and difficult issues to tackle.<br /> <br /> To-Do List <br /> <br /> A big part of a President’s job is working to keep the nation’s economy strong.That’s an especially big issue today. For several years, business has been slow in theU. S., and many people have lost their jobs. The President will need to figure out how to put people back to work .<br /> <br /> Another big challenge is the war in Afghanistan. U.S. troops have been fighting there since 2001. The main U. S. mission was to stop terrorists. Many terrorists have been caught, but violence th ere continues. As the Commander in Chief of the military, the President will decide what to do next.<br /> <br /> The President has lots of other issues to tackle too, including how to help schools and protect the environment.<br /> <br /> Balance of Power<br /> <br /> But no President does all of this alone. The U.S. government is set up so that no one person has too much power. For example, members of Congress write plans for new laws. The President says yes or no to them . Courts can decide if a law is legal or not.<br /> <br /> But through it all, the U.S. has one main leader—and that’s the President.<br /> <br /> Words to Know<br /> <br /> economy: the system of making and selling goods and services <br /> <br /> environment: the natural world of land, sea, and air <br /> <br /> responsibilities: jobs

The President’s Job

If you were P resident, you would be very busy every day. Here are three of the responsibilities you would have.<br /> <br /> 1 You would be in charge of the entire U.S. military.<br /> <br /> 2 You would make speeches to let everyone know how America is doing.<br /> <br /> 3 You would visit other countries and meet their leaders.

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