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Chapter 12, We the People : THE PRESIDENCY The Founders and the Presidency The framers of the Constitution wanted the president to have: National leadership Statesmanship in foreign affairs Command in time of war Ability to enforce the laws Article II of the Constitution The President of the United States Serves a term for four years Must be a natural born citizen Must be 35 years old Elected by the Electoral College (a body of people chosen by each state) In case of emergency (death or impeachment, etc.) the Vice-President is next in line through succession The President Must be paid Must say an oath to faithfully adhere to the Constitution The Powers of the Presidency: Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Navy Nominates ambassadors (must be approved by Senate) Can make treaties (must be approved by Senate) In extraordinary situations, he may convene both Houses Shall take care that the laws are faithfully executed Can be impeached if convicted of treason, bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors Must give a State of the Union speech Presidency in Historical Development Presidential power has greatly evolved and is currently greater than the Founders intended Started wars and conflicts without Congressional approval Have led foreign policy decision-making in the 20th century Executive agreements - formal agreements that presidents make on their own with
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