Notes 8 - Presidency[1]

Notes 8 - Presidency[1] - The Presidency American colonists...

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The Presidency American colonists distrusted the King so much that the Articles of Confederation neglected the need for an executive With the failure of the Articles, the Framers accepted the need for an executive officer that would be strong enough to govern, but not strong enough to abuse power. Qualifications for Office: - Must be a natural born citizen - 35 years old - 14 years a U.S. resident Constitutional Powers: - Article 2 is quite short, details few powers for the President – more power over time - The president received certain enumerated powers in the Constitution - The first line of Article 2 may be the most important grant of power to the president. It states “the executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America” How do you keep a President strong, yet weak at the same time? - Commander in Chief o Fighting a war by committee is hard to do, would take too long o Given more power in times of crisis o Don’t want to play politics with national defense… -
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  • Fall '07
  • President of the United States, bureaucrat Veto Power, Power Legislative Power, Power Commander-in-Chief Chief

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