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Standard 1.0 Political Science

Topic A. The Foundations and Function of Government

Indicator 1. Investigate the evolution of the U.S. political system as expressed in the United States Constitution

Objective f. Analyze the impact of precedence in the office of the President, such as the establishment of a cabinet and foreign policy

To help students understand the degree to which George Washington shaped the presidency, provide students with a list of duties, responsibilities, and privileges associated with the presidency. Have students examine the Constitution and conduct research to determine which items on the list were set forth formally in the Constitution (do not include Amendments that did not exist during Washington's presidency and which were precedents set by President George Washington. Some duties and privileges set forth by the Constitution include: four year term, commander in chief, power to pardon, State of the Union report, authority to request written reports from head of executive departments about their departments, power to appoint executive department heads, etc. Some duties and privileges set into precedent by Washington include: the inaugural address, two term limit, consultation with cabinet members (heads of executive departments) on policy issues, privilege of having the Senate easily approve executive department head nominees, address of the president as "Mr. President," etc.

Resources for Objective 1.A.1.f:
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