• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What light is shed on the themes of Presidential power by both the record of Clinton and the events during the period?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

What light is shed on the themes of Presidential power by both the record of Clinton and the events during the period? Whereas authority is the right to exercise power, power is the ability to exercise power. Powers are the functions, tasks or jobs of an office. Power on the other hand, is the ability to get things done. Every American president has the same powers as his predecessor. Essentially, President George W. Bush has the same powers as Jimmy Carter had, as Harry Truman had, as Woodrow Wilson had, as Abraham Lincoln had, as George Washington had - the powers to sign and veto bills, to appoint cabinet officers and Supreme Court Justices, to negotiate treaties and so on. But the power that each president possesses is very much a variable. Indeed, it even varies for the same president throughout his period of office. One might argue for example, that Nixon after Watergate or Reagan after Iran-Contra, or Clinton after Lewinsky, had much less power than before those unfortunate episodes. ...read more.

Middle

With regards to foreign policy, Clinton occupied the oval office during a period of stability and relative peace. Aside from periodic skirmished with Saddam Hussein, Clinton avoided military action of significant note, and engaged in efforts to promote peace in the Middle East, and Northern Ireland. Presidential power was not exercised as the expense of the other branches of government. Although Clinton mad an admirable policy record, he undermined the credibility of the presidential office through his personal misconduct. During the 1992 election campaign, he was accused of being unfaithful to his wife, and questioned over drug issues, and avoiding the draft for the Vietnamese war. However, despite all this, he easily beat George Bush Senior. Two years into this term, in 1994, Paula Jones accused his of sexual harassment, and as a result of a Supreme Court decision, he was forced to defend himself. Ongoing investigations revealed and uncovered a secret affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. ...read more.

Conclusion

He kept peace as best he could, and endeavoured to seek diplomatic, peaceful solutions to problems in the Middle East and Northern Ireland. To most members of the electorate in any modern democracy, the prominent preference in a leader, is one who will manage the finance of the country. Any leader who is successful in keeping inflation levels low, and who can help induce substantial economic growth is going to be popular, and Clinton was indeed this. People seek a leader who can help the nation and its economy prosper. Clinton was a very skilled president. His popularity with critics and his peers was not important, and his record shows that it was not important and didn't effect his efficiency as president. The fact that he managed to succeed despite his personal misconduct record showed that he was indeed a 'persuader'. He had popularity, but was also able to persuade others to do things they perhaps didn't totally agree with. This was his great skill, and helped him to succeed as president. As long as Clinton was succeeding as president, his misconduct record did not undermine his popularity, and ultimately, his success. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level United States section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level United States essays

  1. Using examples, explain the limitations on the Supreme Courts powers.How do Presidents veto legislation, ...

    This is highly unlikely since as they would have been well aware of the president's objections prior to the drafting of the bill.

  2. Describe the Key Features of the Watergate Scandal in the USA.

    Between May and November 9173, the investigations went on, and all the Presidents chief advisers were involved.

  1. Consider whether the activities of pressure groups help or hinder the operation of a ...

    Professional lobbyists are an expensive resource; the wealthy groups that use them raise money through membership fees and Political Actions Committees (PAC's) which are used to gather donations which can then be used to pay for lobbyists and for donations to members of Congress.

  2. To what extent is 'Restoration' a more fitting term than 'Reconstruction' for the period ...

    The first of these acts divided the South into military districts, each controlled by a federal army officer who had the power to overrule any judgements made by the Southern governments set up by Johnson.

  1. "Imperial in foreign affairs, imperilled in others". How accurate is this view of Presidential ...

    In addition, I would suggest that the President of the US is imperilled in domestic affairs because the President has become a small part of a large federal bureaucracy over the last three decades, having little control of segments of the bureaucracy.

  2. The power of the President is limited to the power to persuade. Discuss.

    Firstly, the President can only make as much use of the power of persuasion as his personality enables him too. If the President is charismatic and popular among the people and his party, he will make more effective use of his persuasive powers.

  1. Discuss the view that the presidency is not a powerful office

    For instance strong national leadership and accompanying bully pulpit in crisis situations which helped him pass the Patriot?s Act and anti terrorist measures. Also offers of ?pork? to Senators from oil and gas producing states to help his energy package.

  2. Why was Bill Clinton able to win the Presidential elections of 1992 and 1996?

    Dole was 73-years-old during the 1996 election, he lacked charisma and did not seem enthused to be campaigning, His proposed polices on tax cuts, budgets and defence expenditure did not add up. In order to maintain some kind of following Dole came out as anti-abortion, which then caused him to

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work