Federal government of the United States
Great Seal of the United States
The executive branch is the part of the government that
enforces the law. Members of the
The President cannot make laws. This is a "check" on the President's power, so he cannot make laws to give himself more power. However, when the Legislative branch passes a law, the President can decide whether or not to
The President may also make "
executive orders" to make sure that people follow the law.
 One famous executive order was President
The President is in charge of many departments that control much of the day-to-day business of government. For example, the
The President may serve two 4-year terms, making 8 years in all. The purpose of this rule is to prevent a person from staying President for his whole life, like a king.