The Vice President & the
Succession of the President
   of the United States
What role should the vice-
president play in our
government?
what role does the
            Constitution specify?
• serve as President if he is unable to
  serve.
• preside over the S...
• “the most insignificant office that ever the
  invention of man contrived or his
  imagination conceived.”
  – John Adam...
• “Once there were two brothers. One
  ran away to sea; the other was elected
  Vice President of the United States.
  And...
growth of the office
• was not until 1933 that the Vice
  President was invited to Cabinet
  meetings.
• Harry Truman was ...
• Richard Nixon reinvented the role of
  VP.
  – presided over Cabinet meetings in
    Eisenhower’s absence
  – first VP t...
Dick Cheney’s impact
• positive or negative?
25th Amendment
• fills the gaps in presidential succession.
• determines when a President is unable to
  perform his dutie...
presidential succession
• do you agree?
• should it be restricted to only elected
  officials?
• what qualities does the p...
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Vice President And Succession

  1. 1. The Vice President & the Succession of the President of the United States
  2. 2. What role should the vice- president play in our government?
  3. 3. what role does the Constitution specify? • serve as President if he is unable to serve. • preside over the Senate (and cast deciding votes in case of a tie).
  4. 4. • “the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.” – John Adams, 1st Vice President
  5. 5. • “Once there were two brothers. One ran away to sea; the other was elected Vice President of the United States. And nothing was heard of either of them again.” – Thomas R. Marshall, 28th Vice President
  6. 6. growth of the office • was not until 1933 that the Vice President was invited to Cabinet meetings. • Harry Truman was kept uninformed on all war and postwar issues (including the atomic bomb).
  7. 7. • Richard Nixon reinvented the role of VP. – presided over Cabinet meetings in Eisenhower’s absence – first VP to temporarily assume control of executive branch (after Ike had a heart attack).
  8. 8. Dick Cheney’s impact • positive or negative?
  9. 9. 25th Amendment • fills the gaps in presidential succession. • determines when a President is unable to perform his duties. – president may inform Congress, in writing, that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. – the VP and majority of the members of the Cabinet inform Congress, in writing, that the President is incapacitated.
  10. 10. presidential succession • do you agree? • should it be restricted to only elected officials? • what qualities does the person taking over the Presidency need? Are there any positions that might be better qualified?

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