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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS
  3. EXECUTIVE BRANCH RESOURCES
  4. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
  5. OTHER INTERNET RESOURCES

Introduction

The President's the broad powers of the office are outlined in the Constitution, Article II.The President's basic constitutional responsibilities include:

  • Act as Commander in Chief of the Army and the Navy.
  • Make foreign treaties, with two-thirds consent of the Senate.
  • Appoint ambassadors, Supreme Court justices, and federal judges, with the approval of the Senate.
  • Deliver a State of the Union address to Congress.
  • Recommend legislation to Congress.
  • Convene Congress on extraordinary occasions.
  • Adjourn Congress, in cases of a disagreement about adjournment.
  • "Take care that the laws be faithfully executed."
  • Receive foreign ambassadors and ministers.

This authority is often promulgated through executive orders and proclamations. Both executive orders and proclamations can have legal effect. Generally, executive orders are used by a president to exercise executive authority to manage the operations of the Federal Government. Proclamations are often used to announce something ceremonial in nature such as Women's Equality Day.

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09/25/2006