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  • 1. Power of the President
  • 2. Why do we need a president? Articles of Confederation (the failed first attempt at govt. plan)  No strong central govt.  Difficult to enforce laws Needed someone to keep the legislative branch (Congress) in check.
  • 3. Presidential Power
  • 4. Article II of Constitution Commander in chief of military Appoints heads of executive departments (cabinet members) Conducts foreign policy  Treaties  Appoints ambassadors Appoints federal judges Can pardon people Ensures laws are “faithfully executed” Delivers annual State of the Union Address Can propose new laws (but congress has to pass them)
  • 5. Expansion of Power  “I have used every ounce of power there was in the office and I have not cared a rap for the criticisms of those who spoke of my „usurpation‟ of power;…I believe that the efficiency of this government depends upon its possessing a strong central executive…”  -Theodore Roosevelt, 1908
  • 6. Presidents who have expanded power Thomas Jefferson- (group 1- p.247) Abraham Lincoln- (group 2- p.247) Franklin D. Roosevelt- (group 3- p.248) George W. Bush- (group 4- p. 248)
  • 7. Public Opinion Important to maintain a good relationship with the people- need strong popular support to keep power Exposure through the Media!!  Television  Newspapers  Magazines  Radio
  • 8. Limits to Power Congress can override veto Impeachment (Johnson and Clinton- Nixon resigned before he was impeached) Supreme Court can declare actions unconstitutional Public disapproval Max. of 2 terms