“Congress: The Electoral Connection” pp. 339 – 344
Lasser, “Changing Perceptions of the British System” pp. 275 – 278
Free Response Question #10 – Nonlegislative Functions of Congress
Unit Twelve: (March 11 – 19)
The Presidency: The presidency is an institution composed of the roles of presidents must play, the powers at their disposal, and the large bureaucracy at their command. It is also a highly personal position. The personality of the individual serving as president makes a difference. It is the highest position in all of the land and is constantly being changed and shifted because of influences that are outside the control of the person in the office. As chief executive the president is effectively supposed to manage our budget, execute our wars, defend our populace and continually make their presence known as a symbol of our country. When finished with this unit, students will be able to characterize the expectations for and the backgrounds of presidents and identify paths to the White House and how the president may be removed, evaluate the president’s constitutional powers and the expansion of presidential power, describe the roles of the vice president, cabinet, Executive Office of the President, White House staff, and First Lady; assess the impact of various sources of presidential influence on the president’s ability to win congressional support, analyze the president’s powers in making security policy and the relationship between the president and Congress in this arena, identify the factors that affect the president’s ability to obtain public support, characterize the presidents relations with the press and news coverage of the presidency, assess the role of presidential power in the American democracy and the presidents impact on the scope of government.