The Presidency

The Presidency - The Presidency The Presidency is somewhat...

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The Presidency is somewhat of an oddity. In some ways the President is considered to be one of the most constrained national leaders found on our globe. In the last half of this century Presidents have frequently had to manage divided government (i.e. the legislature is controlled by the opposition party). That means it has been difficult for Presidents to push through their agenda. Even in cases when the President is from the same party as the legislative leadership (as Clinton was prior to 1994) it can be tough sledding to successfully persuade party members. On the other hand, as the head of the last remaining superpower the President can wield levers of influence and force that are unmatched by any other leader. Historically, citizens of the U.S. have been suspicious of strong executive authority. The development of a strong President with a supporting institutional apparatus is really a phenomenon of the last half of this century. Requirements for President: Must be a natural-born citizen of the U.S.; at least 35 years of age; a resident of the U.S. for at least 14 years. Powers of the Presidency Not all leaders of nations are both the head of government and the head of state. For example, the dinner the President hosted recently for Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, was not considered a state dinner because Blair is not the British head of state (the Queen is). Similarly, Australia is considering a reform of their constitution to remove the Queen of England as their head of state and replace her with an elected executive. The President is both the head of state and the head of government for the U.S. ** 1. Head of State -- As the head of state the President represents us as a nation. The legitimacy of the Presidency in serving this role stems from the fact that this is the only office which is elected by the entire nation. Examples of the President serving as head of state include: Military, Commander-in-Chief -- Article II of the Constitution states that the President is the Commander-in-Chief of the military forces of the United States. As such,
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This note was uploaded on 08/31/2010 for the course POL 1101 taught by Professor White during the Fall '07 term at Georgia Tech.

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