• The Power of the Presidency with a Focus on Lincoln

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    This 12 page paper looks at presidential power in times of crisis. Abraham Lincoln's presidency is discussed in detail, but other presidents throughout history are mentioned. Lincoln's use and possible abuse of power is discussed as well as how the president's actions changed the office forever. Contemporary examples are used inclusive of George W. Bush's handling of international matters. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

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    paper looks at presidential power in times of crisis. Abraham Lincolns presidency is discussed in detail, but other presidents throughout history are mentioned. Lincolns use and possible abuse of power  is discussed as well as how the presidents actions changed the office forever. Contemporary examples are used inclusive of George W. Bushs handling of international matters. Bibliography lists 11  sources. SA138Abe.rtf I. Introduction Crisis management in the presidency is part and parcel of the job. While in peacetime presidents become  very political and posture based upon special interests and future elections, when faced with a crisis, the president must be strong. Throughout history various crises have been encountered. The recent  film 13 Days exemplifies what John F. Kennedy went through during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the tragic events that occurred in September of 2001 provides George W. Bush with,  as he puts it, a job to do. In fact, when elections come up, people want to elect a President who can handle crises effectively. At the same time, presidents  must also respect the balance of power. Some leaders have been criticized for taking too much power. Recent presidents have in fact engaged in international political action and many  believe that they did not consult Congress, as they should have. Clinton seemed to adopt a Nixonian view regarding presidential power with  the threatened invasion of Haiti during 1994 to the war on Serbia in 1999 (Healy, 2001). Clinton appears not to embrace the constitutional command that Congress alone can declare war  (2001). Other presidents also have not given Congress the power they deserved. President Reagans attack on Grenada as well as the senior President Bushs invasion of Panama had been undeclared 

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