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Department
Political Science
Course
CAS PO 111
Professor
Graham Wilson
Semester
Fall

Description
The President • core of our political life­ everyone can name him (or her) o engages most people most of the time • responsibilities o Chief Executive: in charge of executive branch  names principal officers (cabinet heads, next tiers down/deputies)  appointments subject to Senate confirmation • expectation that the president gets his picks o Senior Executive Service­ moved from job to job,  give president more say in who gets the best job in  the civil service  competitive application process, nonpartisan  ultimately, if something isn’t going right, the president is  responsible  big decisions for day to day things • not uncontested­ congress has sway over executive  (hearings, legislation, etc) o Chief Diplomat  in charge of foreign relation (greatest power) • Federalist Papers­Hamilton: “secrecy, speed, and dispatch”­  special competence o less publicly known o congress isn’t speedy o presidents can make effective decisions  advantage of advice from state, defense, etc. departments • CIA, NSA, 13 different intelligence organizations for  foreign policy  Congress gets some information, but not the average legislator • oversight committee­ CIA • overall, secrecy adds natural influence to presidency  as the US has grown, this role has become more important • isolation is a myth­ go back to the 1790 and we were  divided over foreign policy (France vs. Britai
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