the role of the President under the Articles of Confederation
Constitutional qualifications (35 years, U.S. citizen at birth, resided in U.S. for 14 years)
Selecting a Vice-President --- adding balance to the national ticket
Administrative Head of the Nation
Leader of the party
foreign policy role of the President
roles shared with the Senate
the role and impact of the media on presidential power
White House staff
Chief of Staff
Joint Chiefs of Staff
the role of the Cabinet as an advisory body
Cabinet Department heads (Secretary of State etc.)
National Security Council
organization of the White House staff
the influence of personality on the presidential power
presidents are also judged by character
Sources of presidential power
formal - the Constitution, laws, Supreme Court rulings
informal - the power to persuade, access to the media, public support, precedents set during previous administrations, etc.
Separation of powers
Checks and balances
Grants pardons for federal crimes
receiving and appointing ambassadors
Congressional delegation of powers
the power to convene Congress
Constitutional powers are briefly stated and vague
Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974
War Powers Resolution of 1973
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (1965)
U.S. vs Nixon
State of the Union address
Freedom of Information Act
the importance of public approval ratings
Public popularity and political power
"It is better to receive than to give."
"Hang a lantern on your problems."
"Keep your enemies in front of you."
"The press is the enemy."