The presidency ofthe United States of America has been an evolving office since the term of ourfirst president, George Washington. This evolution has occurred because of thechanging times and the evolution of society itself, but also because of theactions 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 inboth a president’s power and the way that the office is viewed. As the officeof the president has evolved so has who can become president evolved. Yet, eventoday, there are certain individuals who because of their gender or race haveyet to hold the office of the presidency.
The men that have been president inour modern era have all had faults and greatness, some having more of one thanof the other. The modernpresidency is an office that many aspire to, but that few hold. The evolutionof the office of the presidency has been one from that of a traditional role tothat of a modern role that is forever evolving.The modern presidencyhas in a sense become a double-edged sword in that presidents have becomebeneficiaries of anything positive that can be attributed to the government, but also can be blamed for anythingbad occurring in society.
Quite simply, the modern president has become thecenter of our political system (The Modern Presidency, 2004). The men who havedealt with this double-edged sword known as the modern presidency have oftenwalked a very fine line between effectiveness and ineffectiveness, but all haveattempted to use their power in one way or another.All presidents havefit into what is known as the six models of the presidency. These six modelsshow the different elements that a president uses in office. Most presidentsespecially our modern presidents have drawn aspects from several of thesemodels to form their presidencies.These growths thathelped make Franklin Roosevelt our first modern president was further solidified by Harry Truman and havebeen carried out by all presidents since,sometimes with great effectiveness and at other times with littleeffectiveness.