The Presidency - 3/30/2009 ThePresidency...

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3/30/2009 1 The Presidency PRESIDENT: Leader of the Executive Branch Inside One Department in the Executive Branch—Department of Health and Human Services Our Forefathers’ Presidency U.S. Constitution’s radical idea : A limited executive Congress is the catalyst in government; the President’s #1 responsibility is serving the will of Congress.
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3/30/2009 2 The Presidency According to the Constitution POWERS Commander in chief Boss of the Executive Branch Pd d Ri DUTIES Commander in chief State of the Union Recommending to Congress Pardons and Reprieves Making treaties Appointing ambassadors, cabinet members, federal judges Signing or vetoing legislation laws he judges necessary and expedient Ceremonial Head of State Faithfully executing the laws Why are the Duties “Duties”? Commander in Chief—carrying out war effort declared by CONGRESS State of the Union and Recommending Legislation— giving CONGRESS information it needs to know about problems so they can pass laws to address them Carrying out the laws—Making sure the laws passed by CONGRESS are carried out as commanded by CONGRESS Ceremonial duties—A duty to the country to represent it in a dignified way and promote the country’s world image The Expansion of Presidential Power No piece of paper really determines the ACTUAL power that will be exercised by ACTUAL institutions of government in practice; The people in each institution will tend to push for as much power as they can exercise The Expansion of Presidential Power President’s advantages over Congress : The President leads an entire branch of government hierarchically structured and led by one person; The President is the only nationally elected public official (except for the VP)–and is thus the person in government with the national media’s attention and the public’s ear.
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3/30/2009 3 Some Presidents Who Have Expanded
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course POS 2041 taught by Professor Beck during the Spring '10 term at Santa Fe College.

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