2 Notes
The Powers of the Presidency
1) What are the expressed powers of the Presidency (Hippocampus Video on the Expressed Roles of
the President)
military power, negotiation power, power to pardon, appointment power, convene and adjourn,
power to sign or veto
2) The implied powers of the Presidency have changed over time and change each time a new President is elected. Research the Limits of Presidential (also pay attention to the part in the video
above where the President has to “share power”) Power and write a response with bullet points
which state your opinions on how limited a President’s power should be.
President’s power:
- Congress shouldn’t be allowed to override a Presidents veto, because then there would generally
be no point in even running it by the President
- Congress should however have a large say in declaring war, but not final say
- other than that the limits are tolerable
3) The President uses his cabinet members to enforce the laws Congress sends him. Fill in the Chart
Below. Use this link: The Cabinet | White House

Cabinet Position



Very Short Job Description

Secretary of State

John Kerry

foreign affairs

Secretary of Treasury

Jack Lew

economic and fiscal

Secretary of Defense

Chuck Hagel

military forces

Attorney General

General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

enforces and defends
federal laws

Secretary of Interior

Sally Jewell

national conservation

Secretary of Agriculture

Thomas J. Vilsack

safe, affordable accessible food supply,
cares for agriculture

Secretary of Commerce

Penny Pritzker

business opportunities
for Americans

Secretary of Labor

Thomas E. Perez

protects American

Secretary Health and
Human Services

Sylvia Mathews Burwell

protects Americans

Secretary of Housing and
Urban Development

Julian Castro

provides safe living
environments for citizens

Secretary of Transportation

Anthony Foxx

safe and efficient
transportation system

Secretary of Energy

Ernest Moniz

develops reliable energy systems

Secretary of Education

Arne Duncan

establishes guidelines
for American schools

Secretary of Veteran Affairs

Robert Mcdonald

principle advocate for
veterans and families

Secretary of Homeland

Jeh Johnson

to prevent terrorist

Presidential requirements: Native born citizen, at least 35 years old, and be a citizen for 14 years
Line of Succession: Vice President, Speaker of the House, President pro tempore of the senate
The Impeachment process: Charge of misconduct must be filed, then brought to Congress. House
must vote, and then ruling is taken to “court” to see if the President is innocent or guilty. 2/3 of Senators must vote for conviction