Why do people care about the president so much?

There are people who absolutely love the president as well as people who absolutely despise him. My question is why they care so much. Yes, the president has some executive power and does a bit of decision-making, but it's not like he is an emperor. He's not really in charge of the whole country. Why do... show more There are people who absolutely love the president as well as people who absolutely despise him. My question is why they care so much. Yes, the president has some executive power and does a bit of decision-making, but it's not like he is an emperor. He's not really in charge of the whole country. Why do people make the president out to be like a celebrity worthy of fame or loathing? Why is the president such a figurehead and why do people care so much one way or the other?
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