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The Constitution declares that the executive power shall reside in the president and mentions "executive departments," but it does not go into detail

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Devlyn Brisson The Presidency Dr. Fistek The Role of the Executive Branch The Constitution declares that the executive power shall reside in the president and mentions "executive departments," but it does not go into detail about the structure or organization of the president's branch of government (Pfiffner, James 118). The Constitution grants the president limited powers, which is a good thing because we're not looking for an authoritarian leader to run our country. In this paper I will discuss the powers of the executive branch, how he faithfully executes laws, and what powers the president has that is associated with his branch. Article II Section I of the United States Constitution states, "The executive power shall be vested in a president of the United States of America." The president has many roles and performs many duties. As chief executive, the president makes sure that federal laws are enforced (World Book). To achieve this, the executive administers the prisons and the police force and prosecutes criminals in the name of the state (Wikipedia Encyclopedia). ...read more.


The National Security Council was established by the National Security Act of 1947. Later in 1949, as part of the Reorganization Plan, the Council was placed in the Executive Office of the President (www.whitehouse.gov). The cabinet is another department the president has control over. The "president's cabinet" is an institution based on practice and precedent, for it has no basis in the Constitution or law (Pfiffner, James 119). The purpose of the Cabinet is to advise the President on matters relating to the duties of their respective offices. As the President's closest and most trusted advisors, members of the Cabinet attend weekly meetings with the President (FirstGov). The Cabinet traditionally includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments which the president appoints himself. The president is very close and needs to trust his cabinet members, because they advise him on many issues. Who the president surrounds himself by is very important; he only wants people who support him. Cabinet appointments are for the duration of the administration, but the President may dismiss any member at any time, without approval of the Senate. ...read more.


The Last model is known as the "wheel and spokes model," which John F. Kennedy favored for organizing his staff. With this model, the president is located on the hub of the wheel (middle), and his staff is located on the outside of the wheel. The people located on the inside of the wheel, are responsible for communicating and eliciting ideas with the president. This model is not always known for being extremely effective; once when Kennedy was using this model, he hired two people for the same position. It is not easy for a president to communicate with his whole staff that is why these models are implemented to make it a little easier. The Framers of our Constitution were very cautious when granting executive powers. They are limited for a reason. They feared of an authoritarian dictatorship where the executive branch contained too many powers. As a popular leader, the president tries to motivate and inspire the American people to help accomplish the goals set in his agenda. In doing so, he will gain the support of the people. Reference Page http://www2.worldbook.com/wc/popup?path=features/presidents&page=html/officepres. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_branch http://www.whitehouse.gov/nsc/ www.firstgov.gov/Agencies/Federal/Executive/EOP.shtml ...read more.

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