The President is just one man.
Any president is just one man. Sounds simple; but the President of the U.S. and other countries is always blamed for the things that happen during the served time of that elected official. To say that the President acts alone in what happens to a nation is utter nonsense. Proof of that is nowhere to be found.
The people of the party he represents elect each man to go in their stead to a national election of various other political parties. Supposedly he shares in their views and beliefs about how a leader can help the people. They vote in whom they feel is the best man for the job of leading the nation. This is what George Washington wanted, but felt that political parties caused some problems. It is known that Washington refused to take sides, and while on his death warned against the creation of political parties. His main worries, like lots of others, were the threat of civil war (can easily be seen later), and could lead to another "tyrannical" government (like they had left in England). However after Washington's death, it can easily be seen that no one took his advice. There were no parties before Washington because the people just elected the best man for the job. Hmm, sounds too simple.
What then is the job of the President when elected? The President does not
make laws or treaties, enforce laws, or appoint "Ambassadors, other public
Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of
the United States" unless with the "Advice and Consent of the Senate,"
as listed in the
He also writes the budget with his advisor's help.
His oath to the people who elected him is: "and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." The "best of my Ability" should probably be changed to "just be a patsy to the unlearned chronic complainer who is never happy" because that's all one ever hears in the media; no matter who is in what office. Let us face some simple facts: all Americans have the right to vote for whomever they feel is the best man for the job. This man becomes President. Because he is one man and the Federal government's job is large and spread out, he has a Cabinet and advisors. These people present information on what their department is accomplishing, any problems there might be, and possible solutions. After hearing and weighing all the information, the President can then make a judgment and the advisors can also retort to that judgment.
The Senate and House of Representatives (the Congress) deals with a wide range of domestic and international issues that also have a direct local impact on the voters themselves. Issues such as housing, public school funding, mass transportation, homeland security, and many others are debated and policies regarding them are constructed at the national level in the two chambers of the Congress. They are a wing of the "check and balance" government they share with the President and the Supreme Court. They make laws, can override a President's veto of a bill by 2/3 votes, and can impeach ("you're fired") a President for misconduct. They must approve presidential appointments for judges and justices, give the consent on budget spending and treaties, and can remove judges from office for misconduct.
The Supreme Court
(the third branch of the "check and balance") interprets laws and
may decide that some laws that Congress makes or decisions that the President
make are not right according to the Constitution.
Besides the branches of the Armed Services, there are the branches of U.S. Government "police". The Department of Justice, FBI, INS, ATF, CIA, DOD, DEA, NSA, and DIA to name a few, are all supposed to protect the citizens and interests of the U.S.
So even though we elect one man every 4 years in November, we also elect Congress. The President is not alone in getting things done, or taking the blame when things have gone awry. Thomas Jefferson said this: ""Men of energy of character must have enemies; because there are two sides to every question, and taking one with decision, and acting on it with effect, those who take the other will of course be hostile in proportion as they feel that effect." - Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1817.
It is impossible for one man to do all that needs to be done to run our country so other people have been elected or hired for all the other agencies, departments, and civil services. It is also impossible for one man to keep tabs on all the elected officials and hired agency personnel, hence the advisors. And considering they are only men (or women) as well, they are far from being perfect. Yet it is always a large group that lashes out at the person for personal satisfaction. Jefferson also said: "It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions." - Thomas Jefferson to Richard M. Johnson, 1808.
Just remember: he's just a man, the President; it's just an administration; it's just a term of Congress; it's just a Republic; he's just a man, the Governor; he's just a man, the Mayor; it's just a county the U.S. We as citizens live here and have to deal with that.