The Presidency

Political Science 4230-5230,Spring 2010, Prof. Davis

This course examines the presidency. If this is your first visit, warm up on the White House and CNN Politics. 

Introduction and Leadership: History from the White House. Early in the 20th century Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft wrote about the presidency.

The modern presidents are Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

The Constitution gives the powers in Article II as well as his duty to execute laws Congress passes under Article I.

Biography and Psychology: Find biographies with UTmost. Presidential librariesPhotographs from This Nation. The Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington. 

The Watergate scandal from the Washington Post and All Politics.

Nomination and Elections: All Politics. The Republican and Democratic National Committees. Election statistics and maps. An atlas.  2008 national results from CNN and Ohio results from the Secretary of State. Several maps adjusted for population.

Candidates: Democrats: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. Republicans: John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee

The Public and the Media: The New York Times, the Toledo Blade, the Columbus Dispatch, and the Washington Post. Television from CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. Principles of advertising.

Polling by Gallup , ICPSR , NORC and a list of many from Polling Report. 

Organization: The White House, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Cabinet and other agencies in the Executive Office of the President.

Decision Making: The Cuban Missile Crisis overview and documents. Irving Janis and Groupthink. The Vietnam War. Henry Kissinger .

Executive Branch: The most important departments are State, TreasuryDefense and Justice, which are called the Inner Cabinet. For all departments, link to First Gov.

Congress: The House of Representatives, its Committees, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Majority (Democratic) leadership and Minority (Republican) leadership.

The Senate and its leadership.

Judiciary: The US Courts and information on the Supreme Court from Cornell Law School. Appointments.

Domestic Policy: Social Justice: Civil Rights and the NAACP. The National Organization for Women (NOW). The AFL CIO and welfare issues. The Sierra Club. Anti-smoking views. Anti-abortion from Right to Life and pro-choice from Planned Parenthood and NARAL. The Christian Coalition and the National Rifle Association. For more issues link to the issues page.

Economic Policy: The key department is the Treasury. The president works with the OMB and the Federal Reserve System  headquarters . The IRS collects the taxes. Important Congressional committees are Budget, Appropriations and the two for taxation (Ways and Means in the House and Finance in the Senate). Link to economic issues

Foreign Policy: The key department is State. Other important agencies are the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency ( CIA ).  Important international organizations are United Nations, the WTO and NATO. The president devotes much time to relations with Israel and its supporters


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