Psychobiography aims to understand historical individuals such as artists or political leaders, through the application of psychological theory and research. It is, in essence, a form of case study. Thesis statement: You may choose one single action of your chosen president. CFU: Explain to your partner the benefit of narrow focus (i.e. one action or one character trait).
Personality traits A decision the president made in office that had (stubborn, kind, harsh, large impacts (war, New optimistic, etc.) Deal, Health Family life Care, Diplomatic Recognition of China) Socioeconomic status Interests Political influence Educational (Neustadt) background Congressional influence Love life (was he able to get support in Congress?) Identify 2-3 resources Public support or non- you can use in order to support research the traits listed above.
According to Richard Neustadt, a president derives his powerfrom his ability to influence. George Bush, Jr., as demonstrated inhis first term in office with the decision to execute a continuous waragainst terror, embodies this presidential influence. Bush’s overallstubborn nature, and constant comparison to his fathers’ successconcerning educational achievement and political success, explainhis decision to wage a long-lasting war, largely supported byCongress, in the Middle East. Identify one praise and one polish of the writing sample above. Write 1-2 sentences to justify each.
When collecting information, write down every source you use and the information you got from that source (this helps your works cited page) MLA CitationLamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. New York: Anchor Books, 1995. Print. Lamotts book offers honest advice on the nature of a writing life, complete with its insecurities and failures. Taking a humorous approach to the realities of being a writer, the chapters in Lamotts book are wry and anecdotal and offer advice on everything from plot development to jealousy, from perfectionism to struggling with ones own internal critic. In the process, Lamott includes writing exercises designed to be both productive and fun. GIST Summary (Info you may use)
Another aspect of political power is the presidentsprofessional reputation in Washington and abroad. The idea ofthe presidents reputation concerns how the Washingtoniansas Neustadt refers to them, view the president. SomeWashingtonians for example are governors, militaryleaders, leading politicians, foreign ambassadors andCongress. The presidents reputation comes into play by howreliant the governments infrastructure has on the president tocarry out his legislation. The better the reputation of thepresident, the easier it will be to facilitate negotiations toimplement policy. According to the statement above, what creates a strong president? Explain the impact our two-party system has on the President’s
Objective: SWBAT identify and explain the major roles/sources of power of the presidency. Given a multiple choice exit ticket, SW (80% accuracy) Identify the role the president fulfills Write a 1-2 sentence justification for each Relevance: The presidency, as we covered last week, covers an array of duties not specifically mentioned in our Constitution. Now we vote the president that is going to have the most beneficial impact on our own personal situations. According to Neustadt, it is most important to examine the roles of the presidency, or the duty he fulfills, rather than the candidate him/herself. Today, and the next couple of days will outline the major powers granted to the presidency so we can become more effective voters in the 2016 election.
. . . Although we all make judgments about presidentialleadership, we often base our judgments upon images of officethat are far removed from the reality. We also use thoseimages when we tell one another whom to choose aspresident. But it is risky to appraise a man in office or to choosea man for office on false premises about the nature of his job.When the job is the presidency of the United States the riskbecomes excessive . . .1) What does Neustadt warn American citizens while choosing the presidency.2) Write 1-2 sentences to analyze Americans’ tendency to vote based on personal attributes rather than the office of the president.
What proposals does Reagan pose to Congressmen and women in his State of the Union Address? Based on Reagan’s proposals, identify and explain the purpose of the State of the Union Address.
Examine the following quote: “It is within our power to change this picture, and we can act with hope…based on this confidence in a system which has never failed us, but which we have failed with a lack of confidence and sometimes a belief that we can fine tune the economy and get it tuned for our liking, I am proposing a comprehensive four-point-program.” Identify the power the president has adopted in the Legislative Process. Is this role allowed under the Constitution?
The act of vetoing a single component of a bill. Did the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allowed a one-House veto of executive actions, violate the separation of powers doctrine? “The prescription for legislative action in Art. I, § 1 -- requiring all legislative powers to be vested in a Congress consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives -- and § 7 -- requiring every bill passed by the House and Senate, before becoming law, to be presented to the President, and, if he disapproves, to be re-passed by two-thirds of the Senate and House -- represents the Framers decision that the legislative power of the Federal Government be exercised in accord with a single, finely wrought and exhaustively considered procedure. This procedure is an integral part of the constitutional design for the separation of powers.” Define the president’s role in the process a bill takes to become a law. Based on the opinion of Supreme Court Justice Burger, is the president allowed to veto a single component of a bill? Cite specific evidence to justify your response.
A statement made by the president when he passes a bill into law. Read document: “Signing Statements” and answer accompanying questions. Argue: Are signing statements within the scope of presidential powers as stated in the Constitution? Justify using 2-3 pieces of evidence. Write 1-2 sentences to explain the impact signing statements can have over presidential power as defined by Neustadt.
Responsible for overall health of the economy Proposes the federal budget to Congress Impoundment [0-5] Decision of the president not to spend money appropriated by Congress. Read “1974 Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act” and answer supporting questions. Explain how Congress can limit the power of the president as the chief economist.
Enforce laws, treaties, and court decisions Appoint/fire officials Executive orders [0-5] CFU: Identify and explain powers Acts that have the force of laws Congress and the Supreme Court have but are not deliberated in to limit a president’s ability to execute Congress. executive orders: 1) Congress: Reduce spending Read handout: “Obama’s 2) Senate reject appointments and Executive Order on Gun treaties Control.” 3) Impeachment (House) and removal (Senate) Argue the Constitutionality of 4) Supreme Court can strike down Obama’s declaration. Justify using executive orders 1-2 pieces of evidence. (unconstitutional)
Set overall foreign policy Diplomatic recognition [0-5] ▪ Establish/terminate relationships with foreign governments Create treaties with foreign countries Executive agreements
Ceremonial head of our nation In Great Britain there is a separation between the chief of state (the king/queen) and the chief executive (the prime minister). Should the US adopt a similar model to Great Britain? Justify using 2-3 pieces of evidence.
Appoints federal judges Issues pardons [0-5] Forgiveness Grants amnesty [0-5] An official pardon for 1) True/False: Obama grants amnesty to people who have undocumented minors in the US. committed a political 2) Justify how Obama’s executive action grants amnesty to undocumented minors in the US. offense. 3) Argue: Does Obama overstep his constitutional boundaries?
Head of the political party [0-5] Selects party chairman of the National Committee and Vice president Political patronage [0-5] Grant positions in 1) Identify one Constitutional institution that the president cannot appoint members based government according on patronage. to party lines. 2) Explain ways that a president can influence both Democrats and Republicans in Congress.