Essay President Of The United States

1016 Words Nov 17th, 2014 5 Pages
Armando Avila
Professor Dr. Xiao
Political Science 301 US Government
16 November 2014

Presidency and Congress

To this day, the president of the United States is among one of the most powerful people in the world. They derive their official authority from four sources, which are: explicit powers, chief executive, head of the state, and commander in chief of the armed forces. After reading chapters 10 and 11 of our textbook, Understanding American Government by Susan Welch and John Gruhl, it has become clear why the president is also the dominant force in foreign policy making. Several of the advantages they have include having a monopoly of information of the intelligence agencies, being able to keep information a secret, and revealing as much as necessary to persuade the members of Congress and the public. Although the presidency derives dominance over Congress, Congress continuously manages to assert its own role on foreign policy making, whether it is to support the president or undertaking an issue on their own.

John Adams once said that the legislature to be created under the government “should be an exact portrait, in miniature, of the people at large, as it should think, feel, reason, and act like them.” Benjamin Franklin simply said that Congress should be a mirror of the people. To this day these statements have been unresolved as to what has priority in representation. Similar to the president, Congress also possess many responsibilities, like lay and collect…

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