Of course presidents matter, but do they matter to the extent we give them credit for?
Did bush crash the economy or obama fix it? Did Obama really kill Bin Laden? The answer to these questions are a resounding NO.
Let’s look at the economy first: there is no single person in the entire world that has the power to ruin the economy to the extent it was 2008. Not even the president of the united states. Sure, they have some power over it, but nowhere near enough to outright bring it down like we saw happen. Likewise, Obama did not fix the economy! He merely helped a natural healing process take place. Just like the natural cycle of the seasons, our economy goes through cycles of hot and cold times. And no matter how hard we try to stop the seasons cycling, winter will come. But this also means that no matter how long we are in an economic winter, summer too will shine once more. Now of course presidents have some power over the matter, but it is very little. Presidents pushing the economy into a recession is like the affect that one car’s pollution has on warming the earth. Does it affect the climate? Yes, but to say it was just that one person’s fault the world is now ten degrees warmer is misguided. The inner workings of our economy are vastly complex, and it is completely unfair to both bush and obama to credit them both with what eventually would have happened regardless of who was in office.
Obama most certainly did not kill Bin Laden. Again, this is one of those things we credit to a president where credit is not due. Any american citizen in presidential office should have, and I believe would have, had our servicemen track down the man responsible for the killing of 2,996 innocent american men and women. Obama did not pull the trigger, obama merely gave to O.K. it is the highly trained Navy SEALs that took all the risks to bring down a killer. They, not him did this, but the credit will always be given to the president.
Our presidents have power, but the vast majority of power we see them as having is not truly theirs. It is vital to remember this fact as we move into a presidency with a man who truly is a loose cannon. Soon to be President Trump has a lot of people worried because we don’t know what he will do, but if we know what he can’t do it it makes accepting him immensely easier. We know the president can not create laws. This the job of congress. We know the president can not declare war without the support of congress. We know he can not deny the rights of any person, group, or entity without the American people coming down on him harder than a bald eagle on a squirrell. Checks and balances keep the people safe, and loose presidential cannons in place. Above all, it is vital to remember that the constitution rules america, and not our President.