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