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Franklin Roosevelt Signs the Declaration of War Against Japan (1941)

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum/ NARA

What exactly does the president do in the White House? Most citizens understand that the President of the United States is the leader of the country, but they may not be able to explain all the duties and powers that come with that position. The Constitution specifically lists several presidential responsibilities. Other presidential roles have developed as our country has grown and changed. Learn about the requirements to become president and how the president carries out some of the major duties of this important position, as well as some historic examples.

Anywhere Activity: Understanding the Roles of the President