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Describe the ways the Presidents can take action on their own?

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2007-05-14 17:30:31

The Founding Fathers realized that one of the major weaknesses

of the Articles of Confederation was its lack of an independent

executive. The Constitution created an independent, strong

executive branch. The powers listed in the Constitution dealing

with the executive office are broad and vaguely described. As a

result, the specific power in any given situation is left to

interpretatation by the person holding the office of President at

that time. The President, for example, can fire officials in the

executive branch, make agreements with foreign nations, and issue

executive orders, even though those powers may not be mentioned

specifically in the Constitution. The President is Commander in

Chief of the armed forces; he has the power to appoint; the

President may pardon people convicted of a federal crime; the State

of the Union address allows the President to set forth a

legislative plan for his administration; and the President can call

Congress into special session. The President can also use the media

to get citizens to approve or disapprove of a governmental action.

The President can also meet with leaders of Congress and with

representatives of foreign nations, thus helping to establish

domestic and foreign policies for the nation.

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