The presidency of
the United States of America has been an evolving office since the term of our
first president, George Washington. This evolution has occurred because of the
changing times and the evolution of society itself, but also because of the
actions of the men who have become president. Starting in the 20th century,
most have referred to the presidency as the modern presidency due to changes in
both a president’s power and the way that the office is viewed. As the office
of the president has evolved so has who can become president evolved. Yet, even
today, there are certain individuals who because of their gender or race have
yet to hold the office of the presidency. The men that have been president in
our modern era have all had faults and greatness, some having more of one than
of the other.
presidency is an office that many aspire to, but that few hold. The evolution
of the office of the presidency has been one from that of a traditional role to
that of a modern role that is forever evolving.
The modern presidency
has in a sense become a double-edged sword in that presidents have become
beneficiaries of anything positive that can be attributed to the government, but also can be blamed for anything
bad occurring in society. Quite simply, the modern president has become the
center of our political system (The Modern Presidency, 2004). The men who have
dealt with this double-edged sword known as the modern presidency have often
walked a very fine line between effectiveness and ineffectiveness, but all have
attempted to use their power in one way or another.
All presidents have
fit into what is known as the six models of the presidency. These six models
show the different elements that a president uses in office. Most presidents
especially our modern presidents have drawn aspects from several of these
models to form their presidencies.
These growths that
helped make Franklin Roosevelt our first modern president was further solidified by Harry Truman and have
been carried out by all presidents since,
sometimes with great effectiveness and at other times with little