The American Presidency
Fall, 2017

Instructor: Jim Bolner, Sr. - jimbolnersr@gmail.com
http://bodoc.net/lag/y170901_presidency/index.htm

 

I. Introduction
            The Importance of the President
            The Need for Leadership
            The Presidency in the Context of the United States Political System
II. The Presidency in the Constitution
            The Presidency in the Constitutional Convention
            Choosing the President and Presidential Succession
            Compensating the President
            Removing the President
            The Vice-Presidency
III. The President as Chief Executive
            “[H]e shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed...”
            The President and the Senate
            The Cabinet
            The Appointment Power
            The Bureaucracy
IV. The President as Legislator
            The Power to Propose Legislation
            The Presidency and Separation of Powers
            The Veto Power
V.  The President as Commander in Chief
            Presidential War Power in War and Peace
            Dealing with Military Personnel
            The Military Budget
VI. The President and Foreign Relations
            The Treaty Power
            Executive Agreements

Internet Resources

Presidential Trivia

The Presidency in the Constitutional Convention --from usconstitution.net

Article II of the Constitution
The President's Term of Office (Amendment XX)
Limiting the President's Term to Two (Amendment XXII)
Presidential Vacancy and Disability (Amendment XXV)

The Matter of Salaries... --from Infoplease.com
Presidential Perks --from http://everything2.com

Andrew Sullivan, "Can Democracy Survive Tribalism?" --from New York Magazine

Anacyclosis --from Wikipedia

Presidential Power --from CQ Researcher (2002)

Presidential Power --from CQ Researcher (2006)

Presidential Power --from CQ Researcher (2015)

Three Theories of Presidential Power --from Syracuse University

The Trump Presidency --from CQ Researcher (2017)

The Obama Legacy --from CQ Researcher (2016)

Presidential Elections - 1789-2016 --from the National Archives

The Election of 1800 --from 270towin.com

Michelle Goldberg, "The Tyranny of the Minority" --from The New York Times, September 24, 2017

Presidents of the United States --from presidentsusa.net

Jeremi Suri's Website - [Suri is a history professor at the University of Texas (Austin) and the author of
The Impossible Presidency (2017).] 
Click here to read the introduction to the book.7

The Miller Center - University of Virginia
https://millercenter.org/

The United States –from the CIA World Factbook
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/us.html

The Federalist Papers

James Madison's Notes of the Debates of the Constitutional Convention

 

The U.S. Constitution Annotated
https://www.congress.gov/constitution-annotated/

The Government of the United States – Organizational Chart –from the Government Organization Manual

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GOVMAN-2016-12-16/pdf/GOVMAN-2016-12-16.pdf

The Whitehouse Website

https://www.whitehouse.gov/  

 
Trump v. the Constitution: A Guide –from Politico
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/08/2016-donald-trump-constitution-guide-unconstitutional-freedom-liberty-khan-214139

Donald Trump Has Broken the Constitution –from The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/11/donald-trump-has-broken-the-constitution/507146/

President Obama’s Top 10 Constitutional Violations of 2015
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428882/obama-violate-constitution-top-ten-2015

Presidential Impeachments
http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/impeachments/

Signing Statements

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/signingstatements.php

 

http://guides.ll.georgetown.edu/presidentialsigningstatements

http://www.coherentbabble.com/listBHOall.htm

Miller Center – University of Virginia
https://millercenter.org/the-presidency

American University Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies

http://www.american.edu/spa/ccps/

SMU – Center for the Study of Presidential History
http://www.smu.edu/CPH/

 

Peter Kalikow Center for the Study of the Study of the American Presidency
http://www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/presidential-studies/


Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies
http://hauensteincenter.org/about-the-hauenstein-center/

 

American Government (online textbook)

http://www.ushistory.org/gov/7.asp

C-SPAN Presidential Historians Survey - 2017
https://www.c-span.org/presidentsurvey2017/?page=methodology#advisors

List of Autobiographies by Presidents – from Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_autobiographies_by_presidents_of_the_United_States

LPB – The U.S. Presidency
https://lpb.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/the-us-presidency/?topic_id=1639

 

Presidential Succession –from Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_Succession_Act

Presidential Line of Succession –from U.S. Constitution Online

https://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_succ.html

Presidential Vetoes –from The American Presidency Project
http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/vetoes.php

The Presidential Veto –from Thoughtco.com

https://www.thoughtco.com/about-the-presidential-veto-3322204


The Federal Nepotism Law

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/5/3110  

Historical Rankings of Presidents of the United States
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_rankings_of_presidents_of_the_United_States

The Best Presidents of the United States - Ranked by Presidential Historians
https://qz.com/914825/presidents-day-the-best-us-presidents-in-history-as-ranked-by-presidential-historians/

The Top Twenty Presidents of the United States According to Historians
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-top-20-presidents-in-us-history-according-to-historians-2017-2/#3-franklin-d-roosevelt-18

Presidential Historians Survey 2017
https://www.c-span.org/presidentsurvey2017/

The U.S. Presidency --from PBS

 

Ta-Nehisi Coates, "The First White President" --from The Atlantic (October, 2017)

David Brooks, "The Philosophical Assault on Trumpism" --from The New York Times, October 3, 2017

Bandy Lee (ed.),  The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump (2017) --from Google Books

"Conflict of Interest and 'Ethics' Provisions That May Apply to the President" --from the Congressional Reference Service (2016)

M.C.E., "Conflicts of Interest and the President: Reviewing the State of Law in the Face of a Trump Presidency" --from the Emory
Law Review (2016)

David Brooks, "A Philosophical Assault on Trumpism" --from The New York Times, October 3, 2017

The "Dossier" Document --from Buzzfeed.com


Trump Communication to the House and Senate Leaders on Immigration, October 8, 2017 --from whitehouse.gov

The Impeach Trump Website --from Tom Steyer


Jeff Flake's Speech, November 24, 2017 --from The New York Times

 

Federal Employees --from governing.com
Federal Government Organization  --from the U.S. Government Manual
The Executive Office of the President --from the U.S. Government Manual
The White House Staff --from the U.S. Government Manual

Relevant Court Cases

 

United States v. Nixon (1974)

Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v Sawyer (1952)

New York Times Co. v. United States (1971)   
Deams and Moore v. Regan (1981)

Medelln v Texas (2008)

Zivotofsky v Kerry (2015)