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Path to the Presidency: What does the Constitution say about the executive office?


By John Vettese, Student Voices staff writer

The requirements to become president have not changed much over the years. Article II, Section I, of the Constitution lists three main eligibility requirements:

• He or she must be a natural-born citizen of the United States.
• He or she must have lived in the United States for the previous 14 years.
• He or she must be over the age of 35.

But since the rise of political parties soon after the nation was founded, having a party’s nomination is also important. The custom of party nominations led to the creation of a primary election process in which the two major political parties – Republicans and Democrats – each select a candidate to represent their party for president on the general election ballot.

What powers does the president have?

The president represents the executive branch of the federal government. The executive (the president and his or her administration) is one of the three branches of government established by the Constitution; the two others are the legislative (Congress) and the judicial (the U.S. courts).

The powers of the executive office are outlined in the Constitution. Among them:

• The president can sign into law any legislation passed by Congress. The president can also veto any legislation passed by Congress, but the veto can be overturned by a two-thirds majority vote in both houses (Article I, Section 7).

• The president appoints the Supreme Court justices, but they must be approved by the Senate (Article II, Section 2).

• The president is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces (Article II, Section 2).

• The president appoints people to run the executive agencies, such as the State Department and the Department of Health and Human Services (Article II, Section 2).

• With a two-thirds majority of the Senate, the president can enter into treaties with foreign nations (Article II, Section 2).

• The president can pardon anyone serving in federal prison (Article II, Section 2).

Additionally, the president must report regularly to Congress on the affairs of the country. This is customarily done in a State of the Union address before Congress.

Changes over time

After the initial roles, responsibilities and processes were listed in the Constitution and the young government’s operations got under way, modifications to the founders’ plan were ratified in these amendments:

• The 12th Amendment says the president and vice president should not be from the same state to keep one region of the country from getting too much power.

• The 20th Amendment establishes Inauguration Day so it always falls on Jan. 20. Before, the new president did not take office until March, and there was a long period when the outgoing “lame duck” president did not get much accomplished.

• The 20th and 25th Amendments established the line of succession; if the president cannot serve, the vice president steps in. This was expanded by the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, so the speaker of the House follows the vice president, the president pro Tempore of the Senate follows the speaker, and then members of the president’s Cabinet.

• After Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to a fourth term in 1944, Congress passed the 22nd Amendment, which limits a president to no more than two four-year terms (with exceptions if a vice president has to fill in the remaining term of a president who dies in office).

Some believe the presidency has gained too much power over the two other branches of government. Presidents have sent U.S. military forces into wars without the formal consent of Congress. When signing bills into law, they have used signing statements to say they believe part of the bill is unconstitutional they refuse to implement it.

What do you think?

If the Founding Fathers knew then what we know now, what do you think they would change about the way the executive branch works? Do you agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch? Do you think other changes should be made about the president’s responsibilities? What qualifications do you think are most important in a president? Join the discussion!
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4/30/2014
Vacaville
Morgan B.
Mr. Hawkins/BCMHS
I believe the basic requirements for presidency--being a natural born citizen, having lived in the U.S. for the previous 14 years, and being at least 35 years of age--are not sufficient guidelines for electing the best president we can have. I believe the President should be required to have a higher education, a background in law or politics, volunteer or community service experience, and a clean law record. I believe it is too easy for political parties to simply insert a "doll" into presidency and influence the law, leading to corruption. As it is, the federal government is not ideal for the people. We need a president like Franklin Roosevelt again, a president who cares and knows his/her people.

4/28/2014
Vacaville
Tracy
Mr. Hawkins/BCMHS
The three requirements of a President, which are outlined in the Constitution, merely scratch the surface of what should qualify a candidate to be President of the United States of America. They are a set of logical, basic requirements which prevent the nation from having an inexperienced and unknowledgeable leader with ulterior motives. These requirements are indeed important, but there are many more qualifications which need to be taken into consideration as well. A Presidential candidates past, particularly his recent past, needs to be taken into great consideration. His past occupations, the people whom he associates himself with, his loyalty to the country and he how has exhibited that, etc. It is important that as voters, the American people do not settle on someone because they have a decent sounding plan. All of the Presidential candidates qualifications need to be laid out on the table for the American public to see, because once he makes the choice to run, his life is no longer private. It is hard to tell how someone will act when put into a position of leadership if they have never been a leader before. It is very important that the President has had a chance to exhibit his leadership skills on multiple occasions, prior to his Presidency.

4/16/2014
CA
Andrew
BCMHS
I believe that some of the requirements for becoming the president should be changed, while others left alone. For example, the age requirement. 35 years is half of the average human life expectancy. This ensures that the candidate is mature and has enough life experience to take on a job of this nature. This should not be changed, as it helps to guarantee the United States a mature, fit leader. However, I believe that the requirement for how long they have lived in the United States for should be increased to be the past majority of their life. This does a better job at ensuring that they are not spies, as it makes it so that any loyalties to other nations are long since past. This brings me to my last point, which is that the president should not necessarily have to be a natural-born citizen of the United States. I firmly believe that the conditions and locations of someones birth is irrelevant. It is what someone does with their life that counts.

4/14/2014
Vacaville/California
Zach O.
Hawkins/Buckingham Charter Magnet High School
I think the requirements for becoming president are reliable guidelines for the President. It allows only for a specific demographic of the people to run for president. The age group of 35+ makes sure that mature, developed people who can handle themselves politically and mentally during the stressful times of presidency. There is a certain standard of maturity that needs to be held for the president. In my opinion, a 21 year old is still too young to run an entire country. After the age of 35, you have lived around here for a while, and have some experience that helps when making decisions or when faced with tough situations. Likewise, the fact that the person must live in the United States for 14 years and being a natural born citizen ensures that the person would be truly immersed in American culture and knows the country he/she is about to lead. I would rather have a president who was born and raised in our country than one who is not. He/she would know the people personally and all of their wants and needs, as well as know the problems that need to be fixed. These requirements for being the US President are most certainly necessary to have a president that is without a doubt, by the people and for the people.

4/14/2014
Vacaville/ California
jamsine
Mr. Hawkins/ Buckingham Charter School
I believe that the guidelines set now are perfect because it allows that person who wishes to become president to gain more knowledge over his/her years to be able to act on what they’ve seen and what needs to change. I believe the most important qualities of the president is to understand what is being asked for by the people and also to be able to listen to his people when he makes decisions. Also I believe it is important to know the after effects of one decisions and to make sure they know its what’s best for us in the long term.

4/14/2014
Vacaville/CA
Jasmine C.
Hawkins/Buckingham
The Constitution states that that he or she must be a natural-born citizen of the United States, must have lived in the United States for the previous 14 years, and must be over the age of 35. I believe that these are very good requirements if someone is planning on becoming president. It would be in the best interest of the country if the president was a natural born citizen. You want someone who is a true blood citizens of the US because you know that they would do anything in their power to make sure that their country was a great place to live and that no harm would come to it. When the constitution says “he or she must have lived in the United States for the previous 14 years,” I feel that is a very good point. If you have lived in the US for over a decade, you have seen a lot of things that have been good and bad, and if you are planning to become the president, you will be able to learn from the different mistakes that have been made as well as some of the positive things that have happened during a presidency. “He or she must be over the age of 35,” is a good requirement because at the age of 35, you are experienced and are wise, so you are adult enough and are capable of running a country. The requirements should say the same. I believe the most important qualities of a president are, that they have courage to do something when other says they it could not or should not be done, be a great speaker because no one wants a shy and timid president, a sense of history because they should take the mistakes that have been made in the past and learn from then so they don’t do the same, and an ability to work with others because you should be able to work with the other side.

4/14/2014
Vacaville
Caitlin
Mr. Hawkins/BCMHS
If the founding fathers knew what was going on now they would change who would be in charge of the executive branch and give more to the legislative branch. It would be easier to make sure that all the powers are evened out so when the president and vice president see it they would think like “oh here’s more stress on us”. I also believe that the rights of a president should be the same because who would want a president that didn’t live here 14+ years and isn’t over the age 35. I pretty sure that everyone here in the US wants someone who’s well educated and knows how to run the country with everything coming at its force.

4/14/2014
Vacaville/CA
Ashlee
Hawkins/Buckingham
Although the requirements to become president and the way the executive branch works have not changed much, the amendments have affected the president’s responsibilities. I agree that most of the executive branch amendments provide the president with necessary powers; they were obviously created for a reason. The legislative powers give him power but not too much and the congress and senate have a say in just about everything also. I think the president’s current duties are sufficient and that the amendments cover all of his responsibilities and major concerns such as balanced powers, succession, and those types of situations so no changes are really needed. He also has congress and each of his departments to help him carry out tasks. If the founding fathers knew then what we know now then they might have changed the way things work but everything in history happened the way it did for a reason. I believe that the most important qualifications in a president are those that are characteristic, such as hard-working, loyal, knowledgeable, and other personal qualities. People will see these important factors when voting so keeping the standard requirements clear and to the point is wise.

4/14/2014
Vacaville California
janelle
hawkins/buckingham
If the Founding Fathers knew what we know today I believe that they would give less power to the executive branch, that they would even out the power a little more so that it would not go to the presidents head, because sometimes power like that can make a person become cocky and arrogant. I agree with the amendments because it puts some rules and regulations on the presidency. I do not think that many changes need to be made, if anything just evening out the responsibilities that the president has because it is a lot for one person to take on. I believe all of the qualifications to be a president are very important because you do not want the president to be too young and we definitely want him to be a natural born citizen. Without these qualifications we could end up with a president too young to quite understand or a foreign person who tries to take over the United States.

4/14/2014
Vacaville/CA
ashley B.
Hawkins/Buckingham Charter Magnet High School
If the framers knew then, what we know now I think they would have the same provisions about the executive branch works. The president does not have too much power the senate and the House of Representatives are a step up above president. The president has to go through these two groups of people to get what he wants accomplish, and only if something is not being done in a fashionably order from these two groups then the president has that right to step in and make his own provisions. In the constitution it states what the president can do but for the majority of those things he has to go through congress and the House of Representatives to get those things done in an ordinary situation. For things such as war, I feel as though the president is responsible for acting quickly and responsibly even if that means not going through those groups to get the things we need accomplished. The most important qualities of the president is have to the ability and the courage to get things done with or without congress

4/14/2014
Vacaville/Ca
Carissa
Hawkins/Buckingham
The constitutional requirements have not changed since the Constitution was written in 1787. Our nation is always coming out with better ways of completing a task. This is one thing that doesn’t need any improving upon. It is set up so that the president knows what is going on in the U.S. for the past fourteen years and belongs to the U.S. It also requires the president be at least 35 years of age. This is so that he knows more than his ABC’s and can lead the war from the White House instead of his mother’s basement. Also, a question asked about the amendments regarding the executive branch and the amount of power the president has. We have changed parts of the executive branch with the amendments which has better served our country. For example, the 22nd amendment has limited the amount of terms a president serves to two. This prevents the president from becoming a dictator. The president relies on Congress according the Constitution. An example of this is if the president wants to go to war, he asked to have Congress backing him up. The Founding Fathers shouldn’t have known what we know now. The way they set up the Constitution has given us, the ability to grow and learn from our mistakes. We have seen what happens when a president has too much power and can stay in office for too long. We now have an order of succession in case of a death. We have prepared ourselves for things that the Founding Fathers would not know anything about. The executive branch does work excellent and does not need any changes at this point in time. We have a system of checks and balances that makes sure that no branch has too much power over the other. It is working out fine and doesn’t need any tuning.

4/14/2014
Vacaville/CA
Toby
Hawkins/BCMHS
If the Founding Fathers knew what we know today about the presidency, they may have added some, if not all, of the amendments and changes we have today. I personally agree with the changes but I believe more limits should be placed on the president so his power does not dwarf the other two branches. The president should stick mostly to his written duties unless there is a crisis that needs a strong leader. Once out of the crisis his power and previously picked up duties should return to their original state. The most important qualification in a president is that he must be knowledgeable and be able to carry out his duties under extreme pressure without being influenced.

4/14/2014
Vacaville/CA
Lisa
Hawkins
Although Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution lists the three minimum requirements of running for the Presidential office there must be more that the United States requires of a President. But how do we accurately describe that? Every individual has their own terms of what a President should have. Fortunately the Constitution set out the somatic assets he must hold, yet this doesn’t define what his/her nature will be. How can we define that? How can we place laws to prevent ignorant people from coming to the potent seat of presidency? Qualities of a president may not preside in the makeup of his being, where he was raised, or how old he is, but rather the worth he makes of people having a quality life. Now I don’t mean that every citizen gets to have hot TV dinners. I don’t mean that everyone has electric blankets to fall asleep at night. I am talking about a President who holds life over matter. Abraham Lincoln was a great example of this. In 1862 Lincoln put forth an order for all slaves to be freed. He didn’t care so much for those who believed they should be able to have slaves or the anger that would be held at him, but he did care about the state of living those slaves had. We cannot however decide whether a president fits this until we see them in action as a leader. A candidate for president should have some example of past leadership in which the citizens can look back on his/her demonstration of guiding and taking care of the people. I am not speaking to a man who ran a missions trip, but rather a spot like a governor. Putting into law the necessity for past leadership would give citizens a more accurate and colorful example of what kind of leader they would be voting into office.

4/14/2014
Vacaville/California
Andreas
Mr. Hawkins/Buckingham
While our executive branch is not what the founding fathers intended it to be, it has developed to handle the situations created by our modern day and age as effectively as possible. The founding fathers had a well-founded fear of a single person holding a large amount of power. However, with the checks and balances in place, it is very doubtful that the president is going to overstep his bounds to the point of harming the country or the people. With how incredibly large our country is, it is necessary to have a single mind holding a fair amount of power to be able to keep productive. Having a president with the current amount of power stops legislative lock up, and forces compromise between parties. In conclusion, while it definitely was not what the framers of the constitution had in mind, the current standing of the executive branch is exactly where it should be, with enough power to keep things moving while remaining in check.

4/14/2014
Vacaville, CA
Julie
Mr Hawkins, BCMHS
The requirements to becoming a president, listed in the constitution, are rational. What is already there should not be changed because there is no serious cause for it yet. The president should be born of this country or should at least have spent time here enough to understand this country. Fourteen years dose seem a bit much, however it gives the person, interested in becoming president, enough time to learn and participate in our countries politics. If anything there is an underlining unspoken rule that dose need to be more formally stated in the requirements. Another requirement to become president that is not really mentioned is that a person wanting to run for president must have worked in politics for a certain amount of years. This needs to be stated more clearly and stated that there are actually four rules not just three. The most important qualities in a president are his/hers wisdom or experience, their ability to work with others, and their ability to get things done/keep their promises. These qualities are more easily found within our presidents with these requirements set up, though the fourteen years can be debated.

3/11/2014
Sidney/MT
Lexi Prevost
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
This article addresses the topic of if our executive branch and their duties and requirements. The Founding Fathers would have made more restrictions for the executive. Some of the powers the president has are exactly stated, but the president also has some powers that he can do not stated in the Constitution. The Founding fathers would agree to the amendments that have been passed. The amendments have placed reasonable restrictions to the executive branch. I don't think many more qualifications are needed, because the people and electors vote by the candidates personal qualifications anyways. I think age is a big qualification for president. A president needs to be wise and mature and 35 seems like a reasonable age requirement.

3/10/2014
Sidney/MT
Megan Johnson
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The topic of this article is if the president has to much power, and how would the founders feel about the changes made. I believe that the president does not have to much power. Each branch of government has a set of checks on each other that the founders set up to prevent one branch from dominating over the rest. In respects to that, I do not believe the founders would think the president has to much power. As to the topic of going to war with out the consent of the legislative branch, I believe is not always a bad thing. As we have seen this year, Congress can not always get things done in an immediate fashion. It is smart to allow the president to take immediate action if needed. The powers given to the president by the constitution are completely reasonable.

3/10/2014
Sidney, MT
Nicole Moore`
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
This article talks about the requirements, duties, and some of the amendments that have been established in regards to the President. The article mainly references Article II Section 2 along with amendments that have been added throughout the years. Towards the end it asks the question whether or not the President has too much power and how the founders would view the position today. While the President has many opportunities to make choices, many of the decisions must be approved by Congress and the checks and balances systems is put in place for this very reason. The 22nd amendment limited the power of the President by limiting terms. The founders probably would be surprised by the changes because they didn't for see party development and the role of government on the people. I do believe they would be somewhat happy with the fact that the President does not have absolute power. I feel the way the Presidency currently operates is successful and does not need to be changed.

3/10/2014
Sidney, MT
Tresha
Sidney High School
The issue in this article is whether or not the presidents have expanded too much on the powers that were originally given to them by the Founding Fathers. I can't say for sure that the Founding Fathers would think because I never knew them personally, but I don't think the president has too much power at all. The amendments mentioned in the article seem to only be limiting the power of the president. The 12th Amendment doesn't allow the president and the vice president to be from the same state. The 22nd Amendment limits the president's time in office to two four-year terms. Sure, the president can veto a bill but that can be overturned by two-thirds majority vote in both houses. The president can also pardon anyone in federal prison. If you think about it, the biggest powers granted to the president were given in the original Constitution, not by any amendments. The ability to veto was given in Article I, Section 7, and the power to pardon was given in Article II, Section 2. I think if anyone's going to complain about the president having too much power, they should point their fingers at the Founding Fathers.

3/10/2014
Sidney, MT
Lexie Brunsvold
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The power of the president has been growing since our Founding Fathers. That is the issue in this article, whether the president has been given too much power or not enough. The Constitution includes about four amendments based on the power and right of the president. One amendment that I really like about the power of the president is the amount of terms one can have. That is the 22nd Amendment, it limits a president to no more than two terms. This stops from any president trying to become a tyrant. As others have said, the president does have to rely on Congress. This is when the president would like to go to war, but the Congress has to back him up on the decision. Article 11 Section 1, of the Constitution lists the main requirements. I think these requirements are pretty good requirements because if the president lived in like Germany or any other country for the past 14 years, I feel like they then would not be up to speed on our economy and other government issues. Our country has been able to excel with many inspiring, smart, and powerful leaders. So, i think the Founding Fathers would be happy knowing there are leaders who have and are doing wonderful things for the U.S.

3/10/2014
Sidney, MT
Tori Hill
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
The issue is whether the president has too many powers or not enough power. Some presidencies have been called "imperial" while some call the president a "pitiful, helpless giant." Article I and II of the US Constitution give the president powers such as passing/vetoing legislation, appointing Supreme Court justices, etc. with limitations as shown in the article. The 12th, 20th, and 25th Amendments checked the powers of the president and established a line of succession. I think that the Founding Fathers would be pleased to know that there has never been a dictator running the USA, and that FDR, who served four consecutive terms which wouldn't be allowed today, was arguably one of the greatest president's of all time. I agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch, and don't see any changes to be made about the president's responsibilities. I think that the president should not only be knowledgable in government, but also business. I am curious though why the age quota is 35, and he/she must have lived in the US for the past 14 years. They seem reasonable but still I wonder if at 35 you get some sort of revelation on how to lead the country and if 14 years makes you the most acclimated in your environment. Either way, I think our Founding Fathers would be proud.

3/7/2014
Sidney/MT
Juan Aguilar
Sidney
The issue presented in this article is whether or not the president has gained to much power. I believe in some ways the presidents powers have been expanded but other ways they have not been expanded. In the article it shows that the president has been limited in power with the 22nd amendment limiting him to only two terms. Also like Gregory has stated the president can't take military action without a two thirds majority in Congress. The president has gained more power with being able to use troops when they see a real and immediate threat to the countries national security for up to 90 days but after that time he needs approval to keep them there. Also the President has gained power with access to the media but this could cause loss of power if they make a gaffe. The president also needs power because when a crisis arises the country needs somebody who can react and solve the problem.

12/10/2012
CA
Yovana
MHS
I do not think they would change anything about the way the executive branch works. I agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch. I think the president has enough responsibilities. I think the most important qualification in a president is whether he can lead and think fast in times of pressure.

10/24/2012
Watertown/MA
Laura P.
Rimas/Watertown
Maybe it's not a bad thing that the president has a bit of power. This way, should something go wrong, we might have more reason to blame whoever is in office.

10/24/2012
Watertown Massachusetts
Gregory
Remis, Watertown High School
Many of the president's powers are necessary, as are all the balances against them. One thing I believe should be made clear is that the president can take no military action without the consent of a two third majority of Congress, unless there is a real and immediate threat to national security. Military action should not be limited to the use of our own troops, but also arms agreements or any contract in which another nation agrees to start or continue a conflict. The penalty for breaking this rule should be impeachment and possible imprisonment, to be decided by the Senate based on the severity of the violation. It is imperative that the trial not be hosted by the Supreme Court, since some if not many of the judges could have been put in place by the President, and therefore inclined to rule for him.

10/19/2012
fenton,missouri
peyton
george guffey
i dont think the founding fathers would agree with this because right now the government is going down the drain. many diffrent laws have been made because people act different, technology, everything in america has something to do with the government. founding fathers would not be happy if they were alive now.

10/5/2012
Irving, TX
Chibueze
Austin/JESA
The founding fathers probably would change little. I agree with the Amendments that affect the executive branch. No changes on the president's responsibilities are really necessary. I think the most important qualification is being over the age of 35; it shows that you are mature and old enough to take the job seriously and shows that you have gained enough wisdom by then.

10/4/2012
Irving, TX
Kelsey
Bradley, Nimitz High School
I'm not sure they would really change much. That is not because they would think it is good enough, but I think that if our founding fathers knew what we know now they would probably have a tough time making any changes. After at the Constitutional convention people walked out, they argued over what our now president's official name would be, and multiple compromises had to be made. Although I do think they might change the requirements to who can become president. I think if our fathers got the chance to see how each one of the presidents in the past worked they could come up with certain rules to help them lead better.

10/2/2012
Irving/Texas
Heather E.
Bradley/Nimitz
If the founding fathers knew what we knew know, I definetly think they would have used checks and balances a lot more, and not allow one person to have complete power even if they were not a dictator. I do agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch because it does relieve us in the fact that even though we have a president, t doesn't mean he controls the entire country. He does have a major part, but there are also limitations. I think the president has jsut the right amount of power, and the other parts of legislature and congress definetly limit it at a right amount.

10/1/2012
Npt NY
Abby M.
Dolle pd. 7 NMS
I agree with the way our government works today. It has worked for us for the past years and i think that the founding fathers would agree with the way it runs today, even though it is differnt than how it first was. I also agree with the fact that the president has to be a natural born citizen and at least 35. I dont think any changes should be made, and i also like the fact that the president and vice president aren't from the same region so one region doesnt gain too much power. There is only one thing i dont agree with, and that is that the president has to power to take someone out of federal prison

10/1/2012
ny
Josephine A.
Dolle Perid 7/NMS
I do not think the president has the right to pardon someone in prison, it seems unfair to the entire legal system who were able to convict that person, and unless the person is not guilty, i don't think it should be permitted.

10/1/2012
Northport Ny
Ryan F
Dolle pd 3
I think it is ok that the president has many things to do because a responsible president would use them right.

9/30/2012
New York
Courtney G
Dolle pd. 3/NMS
I think that the president has a lot of jobs he has to take care of and maybe if he/she had less jobs then they would be able to do each one better! Also I agree with saying that they have to be a natural born citizen because it wouldn't make sense if they didn't live here before. But I don't agree with the age limit, maybe a 20 year old can be more ready/mature for the job then a 35 year old. He/she wouldn't be able to run for president.

9/30/2012
Northport, New York
Avel
Mrs.Dolle pd. 7/NMS
I think that the everything was thought out well. But for a couple things I can't say the same. I don't think it's fair that the president can take anybody out of federal prison. But I do think that the president should be over 35. Because a twenty year old isn't as wise as a thIrty five year old. And that a president can't serve for more than two terms.

9/29/2012
Northport
Scott M
Dolle/NMS
If the founding fathers knew what we know now they would change very little about how the executive branch works. I agree with all the amendments except that the president can release anybody from federal prison. If someone is found guilty and sentenced they should serve their sentence. I think the president has enough responsibilities and further changes are not necessary. The most important qualifications a president should have are leadership skills, communication skills and social skills.

9/28/2012
npt
emily s
mrs.dolle
yes i agree with the amendments and the president should be able to do what they want but its good that they can be over ruled

9/28/2012
Belleville/NY
Kylee
Colby/Belleville Henderson
The thing about presidential elections is, although we haven't changed the system much through DOCUMENTATION, the requirements for a presidential nomination have become different. Many of our early presidents didn't have experience in some form of our government before they were elected...Some were elected because they served in our military. However, presidents today are chosen partially from amount of success in previous titles they were elected as... So I believe if the process needs changed, society will change it just as fast as a law will.

9/28/2012
Irving/ TX
Jonathan
Austin/ JESA
If the Founding Fathers knew what we know now, there is a good chance that they will change the way that the executive branch works. I agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch. Being required to be at least 35 and lived in the U.S for 14 years serves as a great backbone for us Americans. People would probably respect an older person, especially one who stayed in the U.S for long enough that they can be trustworthy running the country. As of now, I believe that the responsibilities of the president is good enough. The system that we have today gives enough influence by the president to run a nation, yet it's still limited by the legislative & the judicial branch. I believe that the most important qualification is that the president is born in the United States. On the age qualification, I believe that a president can be effective, even if they are 30 or 28 years old. On the 14 years in the U.S thing, I know it's understandable if the future president will have to go to a foreign country for issues or simply to meet their family. I am born in the United States & I love this country, but I must go to El Salvador every two years to meet my grandparents. The birth qualification is the most important since it shows that the future president is born of American blood. In other words, it is something simple, yet it is the most important qualification of the three.

9/28/2012
Irving, TX
Omar
Austin/JESA
If the Founding Fathers knew what we know now then they would have probably been more successful in there time with this whole presidency thing. I do agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch. Although I don't like politics. I mean I don't want to get into politics, that is just not my thing. The president responsibilities should be more focused on the people and less on him so to speak. I mean he should be fixing the problems with the people's opinion. Some qualifications that need to e added to the president is too always be truthful with the people because that would show us that he really trust us and that we can count on him that he will always be there for us like a best friend so to speak.

9/28/2012
new york
patton
mrs.dolle
i think The 12th Amendment says the president and vice president should not be from the same state to keep one region of the country from getting too much power. The 20th and 25th Amendments established the line of succession; if the president cannot serve, the vice president steps in. This was expanded by the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, so the speaker of the House follows the vice president, the president pro Tempore of the Senate follows the speaker, and then members of the president’s Cabinet.After Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to a fourth term in 1944, Congress passed the 22nd Amendment, which limits a president to no more than two four-year terms (with exceptions if a vice president has to fill in the remaining term of a president who dies in office). are good changes over time

9/28/2012
Irving,TX
Andrea
Austin/JESA
I do believe that the executive branch has more power now than was intended back when the executive branch was first created. I am sure the founding fathers would want to change how the executive branch works along with a lot of other things. Maybe some of the presidents responsibilities should be given to other branches or maybe share some responsibility with them. A president needs to be an honest person and needs to be relatable to the people.

9/28/2012
new york
patton
mrs.dolle
i belive some changes are good and others are not what the founding fathers wanted

9/28/2012
Northport, NY
Lauren G
Dolle pd. 7/ NMS
I do not agree that the president has the right to pardon someone serving in federal prison. I do not think that is fair to other citizens. I do agree however, that a person is limited to how many times he/she serves as president. I think if the Founding Fathers knew then what we know now they would change many responsibilities of the executive branch.

9/27/2012
New York
Dale
Dolle pd. 7/ NMS
I agree with the qualifications for becoming a president. but I believe that there should be some minor changes. I believe that the candidate should be a natural born citizen. We deserve someone from this country to be in charge not someone that hardly knows the people or the land, so yes i do agree with that. I do not agree with the right that the president can pardon a criminal in jail. I think that is very unfair. What if that person was the president's friend so he decided to pardon the man, while the man didn't relize what he had done wrong and go out and about creating more crimes! I do believe the President should have some power but not too much so that he/she could take advantage of it.

9/27/2012
Northport
Joyce C.
dolle pd 2 NMS
If the founding fathers knew what we know know they would probably change the fact that anyone in federal prison can be pardoned by the president without any consent by the other 2 branches of the government, the president could endanger citizens by pardoning a person from the federal prison. i think the most important qualifications to being a president is living in the united states for 14 years because if they were naturally born here in the US but lived in for example europe he or she wouldnt know most of the current events and what we need as a country.

9/27/2012
northport/ NY
Alexa F
Dolle Pd 8/ nms
I belive that if the founding fathers knew how much power the president has now , they would of started off with less power. I dont belive that the president should be able to take people out of jail. I belive the Judicial Branch should have a say of who comes out of jail. But besides that i belive no other changes should be made to the pesidents responsibilities. The president should be from the U.S, has a diplomia from high school and College, have a very good understanding of politics and war. He/she should should be hard workers, and very good role models.

9/27/2012
new york
jeremy
Dolle pd.5/NMS
i think that if the founding fathers new then what we know now i think they would give all power to the executive branch.i agree with the amendments affecting the executive branch because they are all reasonable.i don't think that there should be any more changes about the presidents responsibilities. I think that the president needs to be good at speaking to a crowd and helping with many different groups of people and adjusting to new things.

9/27/2012
Northport/ Ny
Janey
Dolle Period 8/ Nms
If the founding fathers knew then what we know now I think they would've given themselves less power. I do agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch. But I don't think that the president should be able to pardon anybody serving in federal prison. The president should be over 35 though because its a age that had enough experience and they should be born in the U.S.

9/27/2012
Northport, NY
Claire W
Dolle pd.5/NMS
I think it is important that the president is born in the U.S. It wouldn't make sense if the person who ruled the country was not born there. I think that if the president is in charge of too many things it might get very stressful. If he/she was in charge of less things, they could do those things better because they don't have to worry about all of the other tasks.

9/27/2012
Northport NY
Gianna R
Dolle pd. 3/ NMS
If the founding fathers knew then what we know now, I think they would change the way the executive branch works. I agree with the amendments because if the president and the Vice President were from the same state, they would most likely believe in the same issues and it wouldn't be fair. The qualification that I think a president should have is a college background.

9/27/2012
New York
Kevin C.-H.
Dolle pd. 3
The article is very good. I think that everyone should be evolved to share their opinions with the president, so everyone would be happy. It's good how the president has to be born in the U.S and that he has to be older then 35. If the president cannot serve its a great idea that the Vice President takes over , but they should always be ready.

9/27/2012
northport, NY
Tommy A
Dolle/NMS
I agree with the argument. I believe there should be 3 eligibility requirements to be are president. He or she must be a natural-born citizen of the United States to show that your are committed to your country and none other. He or she must live in the United States for the previous 14 years to show that you are loyal to the United States. He or she must be over the age of 35 because you want someone in the office who is intelligent and has experience and not to young. You don't want someone under 35 who does not have any experience and could panic when there is a problem at hand and at age 35 there is more insurance that he or she will be more committed and has more experience. That's what I think.

9/27/2012
New York
Brigid
Dolle pd. 7 nms
I think that if the Founding Fathers knew then what we know now they would change many things including all the responsibilities the president has. The President has many things that he is allowed to do that many people in the time the founding fathers were alive would not like. i think that the people of the founding fathers time wouldn't like all the power that the president has because they were just freed from a king and they wouldn't want the president to be like a king and gain too much power! This is kind of like the reason that George Washington didn't want to serve a third term, he didn't want to gain too much power and act like a king!

9/27/2012
Northport New York
Nicole S.
Dolle pd. 5/NMS
I think the requirements are good as they are. if i was to change them i would add that there couldnt be any criminal reccord. I dont think they should change the way the executive branch works. I think the most important qualifications for a president is that they have to be a natural born citizen and they have to be over 35 years of age.

9/27/2012
northport NY
Avery I.
Dolle pd. 5/NMS
I think that the most important qualifications in a president are to have the determination to defend our country, and also the experience. By experience i mean: Military knowledge Speeches/interviews executive knowledge etc. Another great characteristic for a president to have, is having a direction in which they want to go. Most presidents know which direction they want to take our country and how they want to lead it.

9/27/2012
Northport/New York
Noelle M
Dolle period 5/ NMS
I agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch. If a president was from the same state as the vice president, they would have the same outlook on every issue and all the problems would be bias. Also, I agree with the 22nd amendment. Four terms is too long for a president to stay in office. After Franklin Deleno Roosevelt was president for four terms, congress passed an act to make sure that a president could only serve two terms of four years each. Serving as president for that long period of time is not how a government should be ran. Without some of these changes to the government, the executive branch would have gained too much power, but some of these laws and acts help prevent issues over power in the United States government.

9/27/2012
nothport new york
James H.
dolle pd 8/ NMS
I think that the founding fathers would have made changes about the way the executive branch works if they knew what we know now. I think they would have started out with limiting a president to two four year terms. I think that the most inportent qualifications of becoming president are that they have to have lived in the United States for fourteen years. I think this is the most in portant because then the president has known our problems as a countrie for many years. I think that the age could be a little younger but other than that I think the qualifications are good.

9/27/2012
NY
Jillan R.
Dolle pd. 8/ NMS
I think some changes should be made about the presidents responsibilietes. I dont think he should be able to let anyone out of jail that he wants to, because that could be dangerous to other citizens. I think if the Founding Fathers saw the way the executiver branch the way it is now, they would change it back to the way it was written in the Costitution.

9/27/2012
new york
Cassie
Dolle/nms
If the president is in charge than isn't it a little weird that if the Congress wants a law to be made, they take it to the president, the president vetos it, and they can still make it a law. If the person in charge makes a decision then shouldnt that be the final decision? But two-thirds majority vote is a lot of votes and i dont know but maybe it doesnt happen very often. last year in social studies class we learned that the president has alot of (hats) or jobs to take the roll of. Just like commander-in-chief. not finished

9/27/2012
new york
Gregory c
Dolle pd. 2/ NMS
I think that the most important qualifacation in a president is that he is over 35 years old. because if he is not he could make bad disitions. And he may not have the proper learning

9/27/2012
northport/NY
charlotte
northport
If the founding Fathers knew then what we know now they would probaly change that the president can not pardon anyone in federal prison. This could be dangerous as an end reslult and lead to him/her maybe knowing a crimianl and letting them out for free. I think that the president must have at least a 4 year government collage background(any collage). These are the things that I think that would have been added to the Ammenments.

9/27/2012
Northport, NY
Justin R
Dolle pd. 8/NMS
This article has some good points. I think the president should should have the right to lead the military if, he is making the best choices. i think the age of 35 is a good age for a leader. i also think they need to be born in U.S .

9/27/2012
northport
nancy r.
dolle per 2/nms
i think that the president should not be able to pardon anybody serving in federal prison. i think that it is the judicial branches job.i think that the president should have a college degree of at least 4 years...nothing less. i think that it is a really good idea to have the vice president and president from different states.

9/27/2012
Northport, NY
JC Unser
Dolle pd. 8/ NMS
The Founding Fathers would have changed the amount of power the President has. I agree with all of the amendments that affect the executive branch. I think that the President should have more responsibilities. I think that qualifications a president should have are very important and are a big factor when voting. A president(depending on party) should not tax the rich more and the poor less. It is not fair to the people who are working very hard for their money to be taxed more than people who are sitting on their couch doing nothing. I also think that a president should be a leader.

9/27/2012
northport, NY
marcus
mrs. Dolle NMS
I think that the most important jobs that the president has are: Making sure that the country is doing good financially, being a role model for the country and around the world, and making sure threats outside and inside the country are kept under control. I don't think the president should be in charge of so many things.

9/27/2012
Northport, NY
Meghan S
Dolle pd. 8/ NMS
I think the president shouldnt be allowed to pardon anyone in prision because that means that he can tell any criminal that they can be free of charges in jail and any serious criminal can go out and start making more crimes. I like the fact that to run for president, you have to be over the age of 35 because our nation should'nt have a college student or younger as a president because that isnt the smartest desicion. But i think that being a citizen for 14 years is a little strict. It should be a maxmum of 10 years. I learned alot from this article it was very interesting.

9/27/2012
Northport/New York
Ryan
Dolle period8/nms
One qualification that i think is important is to be born in America. I also agree that they should be over the age of 35. But overall i think all of them are important. I think the president should have enough power as the president has now.

9/27/2012
Northport,NY
Amy C.
Dolle period 8
I think there should be more than 3 qualifications to be a president. They (the presidents) should at least have a collage degree so that they can be educated to make good decisions and so they know how to run a country. However, I do agree with the qualifications that are already there. It's smart that the president has to have lived in the US for 14 years because then the president will know the country and what it needs to keep going strong. That's what I think.

9/27/2012
northport new york
preston
dolle period 8 northport middle school
a president is the man who leads our country. we should choose the right president that will lead us to victory in the wars we will fight. The president should not be the comander in chief though. The u.s.a should have a special branch called the internationl war branch. they are not to interfear with the rest of the law making process; unless it has to do with the army or the military et cetera. it should be lead by a very intelligente stratigiacal male who can be trusted with our natio. today we leave our president who can barley be touched in charge of the nations army. this is obserd!!!

9/27/2012
Northport Ny
TessRi
Dolle per.8
I agree withthe amendments, but i think that ther could be a little tweeking. The candidates should be college educated. The candidates should have a little suspension. If one of the presidents close friends went to jail, he shouldn't be able to let him free if it were a serious crime.

9/27/2012
Northport Ny
TessRi
Dolle per.8
I agree withthe amendments, but i think that ther could be a little tweeking. The candidates should be college educated. The candidates should have a little suspension. If one of the presidents close friends went to jail, he shouldn't be able to let him free if it were a serious crime.

9/27/2012
Northport, NY
Thomas T.
Dolle pd. 2/ NMS
The Presdent should not have the power to control us and should not have the power to send more people to fight wars that we should not be in like Iran or like in Vietnam that was not our fight we should have not been in that war. The power of the president should be limited because look were it got us so far. I think that the founding farthers would not the president control every they would limit the powers and not agree with every thing he says and not do every thing unless they will benifate every one in our country

9/27/2012
northport
gregory roros (A.K.A BEACHED WHALEEE!!!!!!)
Melissa Dolle
I think that if the founding fathers knew what we knew today i think that they would have made the president more of a figure head with less power. yes i do agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch. yes i htink that the presiden tshould have lesss power than he does because he is only one person.the age limit and citizen rule. HI MRS.DOLLE!!!!!! cereal is goooood!!!

9/27/2012
East Northport
Patrick D.
Ms Dolle Per. 7
I think that the president should not be able send troops to fight. I think that the president should have to go through congress, to even send to send troops to other countries.

9/27/2012
New York
Alyssa
Dolle pd.7/NMS
If the Founding Fathers were here and they knew all of the information that we know these days I think they would like the new amendments because they try to make every presidency as fair as possible. In amendment 12 that is showing that each presidency is fair becuase the vice president and president can't be from the same state. This helps to show that there will be NO favoring from one state!

9/27/2012
Northport, New York
Brandon
Dolle pd.7
The job of the president has alot of important qualifications. But some qualifications are more important than others. I believe that the qualification of being a natural born citizen is most important. Actual citizens of the U.S diserve to be in charge of this country.

9/27/2012
Northport NY
maggief
dolle pd. 7/ NMS
I agree with the amendments of the exeutive branch. The constitution says that the exectutive office must be 35 years or older. He/she must be a natural born citizen and he/ she must have lived in the united states for prevois fourteen years before he/she can become president. I agree with these amendments.

9/27/2012
Northport
Christine
Dolle pd. 7/NMS
I agree with the amendments that affect the executive branch because i agree with the 12th amendment which says that the president and vice president shouldn't be from the same state. I think that is a good amendment because it prevents one area of the country from getting too much power over the rest of the country. If the president and vice president are from the same area or state, that area's ideas would overpower the ideas of the other parts of the country.

9/27/2012
Northport NY
Kirsten
Dolle pd. 7/ NMS
I like the way it is now beacuse it has worked for a marjarity of years. He/she should have lived in the Unites States for the previous 14 years beacuse those people experienced the elections the past years. Those people know how it works.

9/27/2012
New York
Victoria G.
Dolle pd. 7/ NMS
I believe that he or she shouldn't have to be a natural-born citizen of the U.S. I believe that because a lot of people are immigrants. Therefore some people may not be able to run for president. That requirement elimates so many people from running for president. They could maybe be born in europe and then move to america and want to run but can't. I think you should only have to be a citizen of the U.S. for most of your life, like about 20 years. i think that the requirement should be changed from being a natural born citizen to a citizen of the U.S for at least 20 years.

9/27/2012
New York
Tom B
Dolle pd 7/ NMS
I don't agree with some of the amendments that have been added to the constitution. I don't like the fact that someone could listen into a private call of mine whenever they want. i do agree with the requirements to run for president because if there was no age requirement there could be a 20 year old running the country. i also agree with the fact that they have to have been born in the U.S.A or lived in the U.S.A because if they had been born in Iraq they could have been a terrorist.

9/27/2012
new york
Joaquin
dollepd .2/NMS
i think that the most important requriements the president should have are they are natural born citizens and they should live here for some time

9/27/2012
New York
Mitchell P
Dolle pd.7/NMS
If the founding fathers knew about how the Excecutive branch works now, I think they would change it so the president has to get formal consent of congress before sending troops out to war and they would get rid of political parties. The qualifications I find most important in a president is to be honest and be willing to do whats best for the American people to keep us safe or get us more jobs. I think they'd agree with some of the amendments like only being able to serve two terms(ammendment 22) and if the current president is unable to serve then the vice president can take over(ammendments 20 and 25).

9/27/2012
Northport New York
Mara N.
Mrs. Dolle/ 3rd period NMS
I think that if the founding fathers knew what we know now, they wouldn't be happy. George Washington would have to try and convince us agian about how two different parties are hard to manage or deal with. I think the most important roles of the president are commander-in-chief for the army to keep the army intact, and I think that the rule that if the president dies than the vice president takes over, that is vvery smart.

9/27/2012
new york
Danielle p
mrs.dolle
i think the presidents responsibilities should be changed i feel the job employement has gotten worse over the years and increased alot, people are breaking more laws and i feel like the world is coming to an end because our president isnt really doing what he is supposed to and they should make a harder effort to change and what is going on and making the world worse and try to make it better.

9/27/2012
New York
Tim N
Dolle pd2/NMS
Hostly I believe that these laws concerning the power of the executive branch were put into effect at the right time. If the founding fathers had made those changes when the government started, things could've gone horribly wrong due to the events that took place without these rules. It would be better to let things as they are take its course right now so unless something urgently has to happen in order for people to be able to live happy in this country we should just learn from our mistakes.

9/27/2012
New York
samantha m
DOlle pd. 2/NMS
i dont think that any other changes should be made to the presidents responsibilities. I dont think that because they already have alot so i dont think they should have more. Also i dont think they should have less because they do have alot of help, and they should know what they are expecting when they go into office/run for presedent. I think that the most important rule to be the president is live in the pressident for the past 14 years. I think thats the most important because they have to live here to be the president, and they represent us we cant have someone represent us if he only lived here fo 2 years.

9/27/2012
ny
sean t.
Dolle pd2/nms
I think they would have thought a little differently with what the president is alowed to do. I think they would have split up the responsibilities

9/27/2012
ny
conor m
ms dolle pd 3 nms
i think that they would make parties not allowed but other tha that i like all of the amendments. i think a president should be brave, strong, and smart.

9/27/2012
nms
tommy
dolle pd. 2/
I though that this article was very interesting and i think the president should have a masters degree in college and the president should have no criminal record on file.

9/27/2012
New York
Dayna
Dolle pd. 2/NMs
I agree with the admendments because they are reasonable and necessary. The resonsiblities should remain the same not to put confusion on the president on what he can and can't do.

9/27/2012
new york
tr
dolle/nms
i think they did the right thing

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