The Presidency of the United States
Spring, 2008
Jim Bolner, Sr., Instructor

The seminar will examine the constitutional and statutory provisions relating to the election and removal of the President, presidential powers, presidential succession, Congressional attempts to limit presidential powers, and major Supreme Court decisions dealing with executive power.  The central focus will be the growth of presidential power during and since the 1930's, with special attention to presidential powers and the War on Terrorism. 


The Presidency in the Constitution
    The Nature of the Constitution
    The Federalist and Anti-Federalist Presidency
    A Note on Impeachment
    A Note on the Vice-Presidency      

The Electoral College
    The System Understood
    The System Analyzed
    Presidential Elections, 2008

The President in Constitutional History
    Theories of Presidential Power
    Great and Not-so-Great Presidents
    The Imperial Presidency

The Chief Executive and Chief of Foreign Relations
    The President and the Cabinet
    The Nominating and Appointing Power
    The President and the Bureaucracy
    The President and Foreign Relations    

The Commander in Chief
   The President and the War Power
   Congressional Attempts to Limit the Presidential War Power
   The Bush Presidency and the "War" on Terrorism

The President and the Legislative Process
   The Power to Propose
   The Power to Veto
   Executive Privilege
   The Bush Presidency and the Legislative Process


[Some of the materials below are in PDF (Portable Data Format) format.  PDF files are accessible on all software platforms; the Adobe PDF Reader is free.  If you don't have it installed on your computer, just click on this link and install it.
See also:]

The Founders' Constitution - Fundamental documents relating to the creation of the Constitution of 1787

The Constitution of the United States - This site is a gateway to the Constitution's text as well as a full annotation of provisions.

Alexander  Hamilton, Federalist Number 69  PDF Format - The classic exposition of executive power by one of the chief architects of executive power.

The Presidents of the United States - Data from the White House website

The Whitehouse - The official website of the President. 

Federalist Number 10 - From The Avalon Project

Presidents of the United States - "The most comprehensive site on the Internet for Presidential resources."

The Vice-Presidency of the United States

The Texas Primary Explained - From Yahoo! (CQ)

The Presidents of the United Staes - From the Internet Public Library

Elections: Presidential - From The Statistical Abstract of the U.S.  [Click here for the Abstract's main page.]

Presidential Elections - 1789-2004 - From Information Please

The American Presidency Project - From UC Santa Barbara; great for presidential  speeches

1789-2004 Presidential Elections - From the National Archives

Vote Cast for President by Major Political Party, 1948 to 2004 - From The Statistical Abstract

The Electoral College - Frequently Asked Questions - From the Federal Register
Electoral College and Map Generator, 2004 

The Electoral College: An Overview and Analysis of Reform Proposals - Prepared by the Congressional Reference Service, 2004

National Popular Vote - Movement to bypass the Electoral College -  All major issues (2008) presented in a pro-con format

How to Become U.S. President: A Step-by-Step Guide

The History of U.S. Presidential Elections - From the History Channel

Richard Reeves, "Why Hillary Stumbled," February 22, 2008

Signing Statements: George W. Bush - From

The Center for Public Integrity - Tracking Corruption

Politico - An Influential Website for Political Information