RUNNING THE GOVERNMENT - R UNN ING THE GOVERNMENT The...

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RUNNING THE GOVERNMENT The American Political system 11/16/2010 The VP - President in waiting (ceremonial job without an constitutional powers) - Recent Presidents have given their VPs important jobs - But many think that they do nothing. Cabinet - The top 15 or so advisory advisors. - It has evolved as the fed gov has gotten larger - They are presidential advisors, no fully described in the constitution - The top executives of the Fed Departments confirmed by the senate. Average months from inauguration to get people in office: - Kenedy was very very fast but bush it took almost two year. It is a struggle for pres. The First Lady - No official government position, but many get involved politically - Most are key advisors 1964: The Impact of the First Lady - Lady Bird: “you want to listen for about one minute to my critique, or would you rather wait until tonight?” - LBJ: “Yes, ma’am. I’m willing now.” - Probably the most or largest advisor Executive Powers - Richard Neustadt: Presidents have a hard time getting things done
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