Presidential Constraints

“Bring in the New Guy…”

Despite the soaring rhetoric of presidential campaigns, presidents are severely constrained on their ability to enact a policy agenda. Numerous constraints are imposed via the Constitution that limit the president’s power to enact policies. Analyze two cartoon above and answer the questions that follow.

Discussion Questions:

1. Explain the point of view of the cartoon above.

2. List TWO formal powers Congress can exercise to check the president.

3. How can the media act as an “informal” check on presidential power.


Photo/Image: President Obama, White House Photo