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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. Length: 3:26
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.
The Presidential Expectations Gap by Richard Waterman; Hank Jenkins-Smith; Carol L. SilvaFor decades, public expectations of U.S. presidents have become increasingly excessive and unreasonable. Despite much anecdotal evidence, few scholars have attempted to test the expectations gap thesis empirically. This is the first systematic study to prove the existence of the expectations gap and to identify the factors that contribute to the public’s disappointment in a given president. Using data from five original surveys, the authors confirm that the expectations gap is manifest in public opinion. It leads to lower approval ratings, lowers the chance that a president will be reelected, and even contributes to the success of the political party that does not hold the White House in congressional midterm elections. This study provides important insights not only on the American presidency and public opinion, but also on citizens’ trust in government.
A Presidential Nation by Michael A. GenoveseThe Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial. Why do we devote monuments to the presidents? Why do we honor them, instead of Congress, or the courts?A Presidential Nation examines how the presidency--an office limited by the Constitution and separation of powers--became the centerpiece of American government. Michael A. Genovese argues that in rebelling against the British, the Framers of the Constitution invented a circumscribed presidency to guard against executive tyranny. Yet, over time, presidential power has risen and congressional power declined to a point where the United States has a near imperial presidency. Reexamining the status of presidential power in the post-9/11 world, Dr. Genovese considers the alternatives, if any, to the current model of presidential power.A Presidential Nation is perfect for students of American Presidency and Federal Governance courses and anyone interested in the changing authority of the American political system.
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.