We have an elected council of representatives. It's called Congress. Constitutionally speaking, the President had very specific functions and their power is restricted. The President signs bills into law or they veto the bill (which can be overridden with a 2/3 majority vote in Congress). The President receives all foreign heads of state and ambassadors. The President appoints a cabinet and ambassadors, with the approval of Congress. The President, once per year, delivers a state of the union to Congress (it need not be a speech, and it can be as simple as a memo that reads, "The USA is doing fine."). That's about it. Everything else that the President does today comes from 200+ years of individuals attempting to expand their role and their power, sometimes successfully, sometimes not, and in my opinion, too much importance is placed upon presidents, former and current. When Truman left office, he drove home to Missouri in a brand new Buick. No chauffeur, no Secret Service protection, no fanfare, nothing. "Thank you for your service, the exit's over there. See you later." I wish we were back to that, because if people focused more on the people who create the budgets, tax structures, laws, etc... (their representatives and their senators), then I think that things would be better. But everybody keeps looking for some singular superhero who will somehow "fix" the country (that is, make policies that are more in line with their own particular ideology) and at the end of the day, the President is mostly powerless. We see that every time a President gets a 2nd term and a hostile Congress is dealing with them. What do they get done in those years of their 2nd term? Not much, and usually a little less than what they managed in their first term. A President has, at best, 2 years to gain some momentum and affect policy. If they fail to enact any real policies, they usually face a change in party majority in Congress and a stalling of their ideas.