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Constitution of the United States: The Presidency

Information about the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. System of Government, Legal Research, and Constitution Day.

American Presidents: Life Portraits - George Washington

Every four years America renews its system of government with the inauguration of a new president.  A record number of Americans braved freezing temperatures to celebrate the inauguration of the 44th U.S. president, Barack Obama.
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The Executive Branch

The Executive Branch of the United States Government is headed by the President, who is responsible for domestic policy, including the enforcement of federal laws, and foreign affairs, serving as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.


Selected Government Documents

  • Compilation of Presidential Documents consists of the Weekly and the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents which are the official publications of materials released by the White House Press Secretary.
  • Federal Register (daily), official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.
  • Public Papers of the President, the official publication of United States Presidents' public writings, addresses, and remarks.

The American Presidency Project