United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the
Constitution of the United States."
With this simple recitation, of the Presidential Oath of
Office, we hand over control of the world’s most powerful nation to one man.
previous chapters of history, this could prove to be the doom of a nation or a people.
is not the case for us.
It is another reason why we, as Americans, are fortunate.
a system in which our president can be immensely powerful when we need him to be,
balanced by congress, or in some cases, even restricted by them.
Better yet, we have a
system in which we play an integral part in selecting this person, lending our voice to his
or hers and speaking on behalf of the country.
We are all now old enough to vote and
participate in this, the grandest of rights of American citizenry.
Now more than ever it is
important to understand the inner workings of our government.
Most students are
familiar with the three branches of the American government.
Our legislative branch
makes the laws, the executive branch enforces the laws, and the judicial branch interprets
But what does the constitution actually say about the powers of the president?
Article Two, Section Two of the constitution lists some of the powers of the president.
He or she is granted the power to execute the laws, or enforce them, with the help of a
The president is commander in chief of the armed forces, able to appoint
ambassadors, make treaties, veto acts of congress, grant pardons, nominate federal
judges, and inform Congress of the state of the union (Jantzen 259-260).