Article II, Section 3

He [the President] shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.

Published on October 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. This article addresses the president’s duties and requirements. It states that the president is to address the House of Representatives and the senate on a regular basis. This form of communication between the presidents and both houses is formally known as the State of the Union Address; where the president communicates his legislative agenda and his national priorities. The president can also give suggestions to both houses and call one or both of them if he thinks it is necessary and suitable, depending on the situation. If there is any disagreement between the houses he can delay or postpone them to a time he deems appropriate. The president is responsible for receiving Ambassadors and Ministers; as he is head of state and it is the courteous thing to do. Furthermore, he is to make sure that the law is carried out carefully. Lastly, the president is the commander in chef of all officers of the United States.
    Checks and balances prevent both houses and the president from becoming more powerful than the other. For this reason, the president just like the congress, have to check in with each other to express ideas. On another note, in prior history the British government has met with American diplomats to over-throw the U.S. government. For this reason, the president is to receive ministers and ambassadors to avoid confusion on diplomatic perspectives and political ideas. Lastly, in order to prevent the military from suddenly overthrowing the government and to insure that the civilian government is ultimately superior to the military, the president was given the power to command all armed forces.


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