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  • 1. The President’s Cabinet Mr. Gibbs Civics Fall 2008
  • 2. First off – a little background on the make up of the Executive Branch
    • “ The executive branch is organized like a pyramid” President is on the top, the level below him is a small group of political advisors – under them? Many levels of lesser officials and managers.
    • The higher you are on the pyramid…the tougher your decisions are
  • 3. The White House Office
    • About 500 people who work directly for the President.
    • The 10-12 most important of those…? Serve as the President’s closest political advisors
    • These people make up the “President’s Administration”
  • 4.
    • Alright…so now on to the
    • CABINET
  • 5. What is it?
    • The President’s Cabinet is an advisory group chosen by the President to help accomplish the work of the executive branch
  • 6. Who is it?
    • Presidential adisors consisting of yop level heads of executive departments.
    • Could be the VP and other top officials within the government.
  • 7.  
  • 8. What do they do?
    • Simply put – “they advise the president on issues relating to their department.
    • For example: the Secretary of Agriculture will keep the president informed on issues relating to American farmers – drought, blight, transportation of goods, etc.
  • 9. Where did it come from?
    • NOTHING in the Constitution about a “cabinet”
    • But it didn’t take long to develop… George Washington was the first pres. to organize it – back then it was only 4 people.
    • Secretary of state, war, and treasury, and the attorney general.
  • 10. How often do they meet?
    • Don’t know…sometimes every week, sometimes hardly at all. They meet whenever it is necessary.