President as Head of State

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What Many Separate, U.S. Unites The American President as Head of D. Jason Berggren University of Georgia Spring 2008
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Presidential Preeminence • The President sits at the summit of political power. • “Presidents remain preeminent in American politics.” • “Presidents more than anyone else determine the national agenda, setting priorities and proposing policies.” (Dunn 2007, 2)
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Unitary Executive United States, Costa Rica Dual Executive – Great Britain, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Japan – Canada, Australia, New Zealand – Austria, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, India, Israel, Italy, Switzerland – Finland, France
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Currency
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President as the Head of State Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation, Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all. Hail to the Chief, as we pledge cooperation In proud fulfillment of a great, noble call. Yours is the aim to make this grand country grander, This you will do, that's our strong, firm belief. Hail to the one we selected as commander, Hail to the President! Hail to the Chief!
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President as the Head of State • Many view the President as one of the chief symbols of the country, its living embodiment • personal qualities/informal qualifications matter • like the British monarch, symbol of country’s unity and continuity • of course, unlike British monarchy, presidency is neither hereditary nor life-tenured • the American president is not “Your Majesty,” but First Citizen
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Mr. President • “His Excellency” • “His Serene Highness” • “Elective Majesty” • “Elective Highness” • “His Highness, the President of the United States and Protector of the Rights of the Same” • Ever the Southern gentleman, Washington preferred simply, “Mr. President.”
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“First in War, First in Peace, First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.”
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It’s Unanimous! • Unanimously chosen Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army (1775) • Adams: GW’s military reputation from French- Indian Wars and “need for a southerner” to “secure southern support” for war cause (Jewell 2005, 2) • Unanimously chosen Chairman of the Constitutional Convention (1787)
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course POLIS 1101 taught by Professor Berggren during the Spring '08 term at UGA.

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