A 5 page discussion of the varied types of power that are available to the President of the
United States. This paper provides a background and examples of each. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
the President of the United States is divided into distinct categories. These are the primary power enumerated in Article 2 of the Constitution, inherent powers, and assumed powers.
The electoral process is used to elect a President to his or her post. Under the electoral college large, medium, and small states alike are rewarded with the same
number of electoral votes as they have members in Congress. The Twenty-Second Amendment of the Constitution limits the presidential term of office to two terms. In the presidential
system there is no linkage between the legislatures term of office and the presidents nor does the president have the authority to remove legislators from office (Governing Systems and Executive-Legislative
Relations, 2000). The Presidents enumerated powers were awarded as part of the intentional separation of powers allowed by the Constitution.
James Madison, often called the "Father of the Constitution" (Stephenson, Bresler, Friedrich and Karlesky, 1992), said that the country needed a government strong enough to balance the interests of the
nation against strong local interests. He felt that a large nation with many diverse interests would be beneficial in countering a local dominating interest and insuring a policy determined
by a range of desires (Tannehill and Bedichek, 1991). Madison also wanted a separation of powers to prevent government tyranny. He stated that the desired effect was:
"to divide and arrange the several offices [of government] in such a manner as that each
may be a check on the other..." (Tannahill and Bedichek, 1991). Under this provision not