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Chief Justice
February 27, 2007, 7:49 pm
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The Chief Justice of the United State’s Supreme Court is the head of the judicial branch in our government. He heads the Supreme Court,   presides over impeachment trials of the president, holds seniority in the Supreme Court, and oversees the Oath of Office. The current Chief Justice is John Roberts, who was nominated by George W. Bush in 2005.

The US Constitution states in Article 1, section 3 that the power to impeach president’s trails lies in the Chief Justices’ hands. One example is in 1999 when William Rehnquist had the duty of presiding over President Bill Clinton’s trial.

The Chief Justice is the head of the US Supreme Court and therefore begins the  discussions at meetings, and has the control in where the discussion goes. He is responsible to organize what is discussed in the weekly meetings as well.  They therefore have the power to sway opinions and influence what the court decides.

Although it isn’t required by the constitution or by law, the Chief Justice has the duty to administer the presidents’ oath of office in the presidential inauguration.  Only seven presidents have not been inaugurated by the US Supreme Court in the history of the United States.



FRQ 4
February 10, 2007, 1:30 am
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Richard Neustadt claimed that “presidential power is the power to persuade.” How might this be interpreted as a reasonable definition of presidential power? In what way is this definition deficient? …….yeah under construction….HA HA!!!

Richard Neustadt wrote a book called “Presidential Power” (1960) that discusses the decision-making process at the highest levels of government. He writes that the president should use personal persuation and public prestige to get his job done, for the executive branch is rather weak in the U.S. government. A president’s ability to persuade can be interpretted as his ability to bargain with the nation based on what he wants to see happen. A president must persuade people to vote/follow him and he must persuade Congress to work with him.

When a person decides that he/she wants to run for president, they must instantly take on the role as persuador. A president is chosen directly (through the people), which means that a presidential candidate must influence the citizens of the United States for their votes. The presidential candidate will use many different ways to persuade such as media, important people, and through his/her actions/words. Commercial advertisements, speeches to the people, and newspaper articles are all examples of ways that a president can influence the American people to vote for him or to follow him after he is already elected.

The president can’t do much without getting past Congress, so persuading the legislative branch is a great concern of the president. Because he cannot get involved in legislative struggles, but he can use his prestige of his office to form compromises between factions that are preventing the bills he wants to be passed. The American system is one of shared, not separated, powers. The president is only one of several masters of the bureaucracy. People in all positions cannot do much without persuading others to help them. This includes the president. However, more people need favors from the president than from any other person. This gives the president bargaining power.

While explaining my top traits of a president, I never thought of persuation, but it is such an important trait to have as a president. There are many times when a president must manipulate with either Congress or the nation to get his plans taken care of.



About me…
February 7, 2007, 1:06 am
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I consider myself to be more to the right on the political spectrum. I usually put myself in the republican/conservative party. There are times when I don’t find myself lining up with either party….but I am 100% pro-life…that and other ideals make me choose the republican representative when i vote. YES I CAN VOTE!!!!! YAY!!!



5 Traits of a Successful President
February 2, 2007, 1:20 pm
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1) Leadership
Obviously a president needs to know how to lead. This is a skill that not many people display, and it is necessary for a president.
2)Honesty
A nation needs to trust the leader that they are under. Especially in a democracy.
3)Boldness
Because president cannot please everyone, he/she must do whatever they see fit for our country. Our president should then act without hesitation.
4)Love
In order to cope with the difficulties of a president’s term, he/she must have a love for the country in which they are leading.
5)Initiative
In order to carry out the goals of this nation, we need our leader act on what he/she speaks of. Don’t stop at talk the talk…
walk the talk