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One of the conditions to make the brocha on kings is that they have the power to kill you (see Radvaz 1:296 as well as the Orchot Chaim Brachos 49 that say that this brocha is recited on any monarch with enough power to execute or pardon from execution). Although the President could kill someone through different channels (Military, NSA, Secret Service) i think that ability could only come clandestily, for if it were ever to come out to light that the President had someone killed he would be subject to impeachment. is the fact that he can execute someone only come through secret ways enough of a reason to make the Brocha?

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I was fascinated to read that the bracha for a head of state is related to their authority. So this leads me to wonder, what is the proper bracha for the head of state of a limited government (such as a republic, the USA in particular). Question coming along in 3, 2, 1. –  Codes with Hammer Jun 6 '14 at 15:13
Anybody could theoretically kill you. If it is illegal for the president to kill you (i.e. he would go on trial), then how is his power to kill you any greater than anybody else's power to kill you? In any case, the president does have the power to pardon someone from execution. –  Daniel Jun 6 '14 at 15:43
he.wikisource.org/wiki/… etzion.org.il/dk/… See also Yechavveh Daat 2:28 –  Double AA Jun 6 '14 at 22:18

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