Early in my childhood, I always resented the president’s. It wasn’t for the fact that they were not likeable, I just hated the things they had. I wanted to be the president so bad was the cause of my frustration. They had the whole white house all to themselves. All 132 rooms, including the bowling room, would be at my leasure. It seemed being president was the best four to eight years of somebodies life. Even if you couldn’t find everything you wanted in the white house, I believed they could call for anything you wanted just because you were the leader of the free world. They always praised the president like he could do anything, so that’s what I saw. Unfortunately, I completely misunderstood the powers he possessed, as well as my peers. Even though he has the life of the riches he doesn’t have any power like one.    The way the power works in reality is greatly depicted in the the words of Neustadt. Richard Neustadt was an American political philosopher who served for several presidents as their advisor. He later wrote his findings and ideas about the necessities for a president in his book called “Presidential Powers”. In this piece of literature, there were 3 main ideas he found the a president needed in order to be a successful president. The first point is the power to persuade. Any law that the president would like to pass always has to go through the reigns of congress. Most of the time congress is not going to want to change anything unless it would be in their favor. Congress could easily veto everything if a president would not try to reason with them. A good president, by Neustadt’s ideas, would be able to bargain as well as persuade to get stuff done. He would influence them in order to make change for the better, without giving congress too much gain in “trades”. This is one of the significant powers the president must possess.

    The next thing that is essential for a president’s public prestige. Public prestige can also become the fate of the president. Without the people behind him, he would be able to exploited by congress or anybody that opposes him. They could take advantage of when the people could care less what will happen to him. Nobody would care that he struggles with the senate. Nobody would care that he couldn’t get anything done, due to the fact that in reality, nobody would want him to do anything. The last idea coincides with public prestige, but this time it goes through the people of higher status. 

    The president as well as having a good reputation with the people of America als has to have a good reputation with the people you could possibly work with. Other political activist and people of power in the country should also lean towards liking you, for many beneficial reasons. It could go from anywhere to boosting your influence to getting that one more vote to letting your bill pass. It is also very essential to make sure that you don’t make enemies, because they could go out and publicly, humiliate, deteriorate your reputation, or convince fellow peers that you’re not the right choice. 

    Neustadt’s idea on power of the presidency resides on three main ideas. Those three ideas are public prestige, professional reputation, and the ability to bargain. I agree that people should see it this way, because this would give them a better idea on who can embody the power of a president.


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