POLI 201 / Chapter 6Professor Finocchiaro1CHAPTER 6The President: From Chief Clerk to Chief ExecutivePOLI 201: American National GovernmentThe Presidency and the FoundingThe Framers of the Constitution were ambivalent about executive power.1. The colonial experience with the King of England and royally appointed governors warned Americans of the dangers of strong executives.2. The weak executive under the Articles of Confederation highlighted the problems of governing without a potent executive.Led by Alexander Hamilton, Federalists sought to provide for a presidency that was:1.energetic;2.independent of Congress;3.endowed with sufficient powers to lead.
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