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How Presidents Govern: Crash Course Government and Politics #14

How Presidents Govern: Crash Course Government and Politics #14

How Presidents Govern: Crash Course Government and Politics #14

This week Craig Benzine talks about how the president gets things done. Filling the role of the executive branch is a pretty big job – much too big for just one person. It’s so big that the president employs an entire federal bureaucracy! Today, we’re just going to focus on those closest to the president, like the vice president, the Cabinet, and the Executive Office of the President. We’ll figure out which strategy is most useful in helping the president make things happen and we’ll discuss the controversy around the president’s gradual increase in power. Oh, and as many of you noticed – last episode eagle got off too easy. Let’s see if we can make it up to you.

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19 Comments

  1. "The Pres could manufacture problems for power, but let's not get cynical"

    4 years later

    "The immigration problem is a NATIONAL EMERGENCY and an INVASION!"

  2. Sorry Craig but the VP is another nationally electedofficial because he (or she) is on the ballot with the President. Otherwise you're videos have been really helpful (exam at 9:00 tomorrow!!).

  3. "PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. CABINET"

    Vice President – first in the presidential line of succession. President of the Senate and presides over Senate deliberations also presides over joint sessions of Congress.

    Secretary of State – advises the President on matters relating to U.S. foreign policy including the appointment of diplomatic representatives to other nations and on the acceptance, recall, or dismissal of representatives from other nations. "Negotiates, interprets, or terminates treaties and agreements" and "conducts negotiations relating to U.S. foreign affairs.

    Secretary of the Treasury – responsible for formulating and recommending domestic and international financial, economic, and tax policy, participating in the formulation of broad fiscal policies that have general significance for the economy, and managing the public debt. manufacturing coins and currency.

    Secretary of Defense – command and authority over the U.S. military is second only to that of the President and Congress.

    National Security Advisor – serves as an honest broker of policy options for the President in the field of national security, rather than as an advocate for his or her own policy agenda. NSA is able to offer daily advice due to the proximity to the President independently of the vested interests of the large bureaucracies and clientele of those departments.

    Attorney General -the chief lawyer of the Federal Government of the United States, and oversees all governmental legal affairs.

    White House Press Secretary – spokesperson for the President, senior executives, and policies. responsible for collecting information about actions and events within the president's administration and issues the administration's reactions to developments around the world. The press secretary interacts with the media, and deals with the White House press corps on a daily basis, generally in a daily press briefing. 

    Secretary of the Interior – responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources.

    Secretary of Agriculture – responsible for the safety of food produced and sold in the US, also works with the states to provide food to low-income citizens.

    Secretary of Commerce – responsible for promoting American businesses and industries; its mission to be "to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce".

    Secretary of Labor – controls the department, and enforces and suggests laws involving unions, the workplace, and all other issues involving any form of business-person controversies.

    Secretary of Health and Human Services – advises the president on matters that revolve around human conditions and concerns in the United States i.e. health, welfare, and income security programs.

    Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – -mission is "to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination.

    Secretary of Transportation – mission is "to develop and coordinate policies that will provide an efficient and economical national transportation system, with due regard for need, the environment, and the national defense."

    Secretary of Energy – responsible for US policies regarding energy and safety in handling nuclear material. Its responsibilities include the nation's nuclear weapons program, nuclear reactor production for the United States Navy, energy conservation, energy-related research, radioactive waste disposal, and domestic energy production.

    Secretary of Education – advises the President and the federal government, on federal policies, programs, and activities related to education policy i.e. federal assistance to education postsecondary grants, loans, and work-study assistance to students and their families pay for college, collect data on US schools, and to enforce federal educational laws regarding privacy and civil rights.

    Secretary of Veterans Affairs – responsible for veterans' benefits, health care, and national veterans' memorials and cemeteries.

    Secretary of Homeland Security – responsible for protecting the U.S. and the safety of U.S. citizens i.e anti-terrorism, border security, immigration and customs, cyber security, and disaster prevention and management.

    Chief of Staff – oversees the actions of the White House staff, manages the president's schedule, and decides who is allowed to meet with the president.

    White House Communications Director –  ensures that all aspects of communications are covered to ensure that the administration's message has been delivered clearly and successfully. A communications strategy must be devised to promote the president's agenda throughout all media outlets. This can include, but certainly is not limited to, the inaugural address, State of the Union address, televised press conferences, statements to the press, and radio addresses. The director, along with his or her staff, works on the presidents speeches. The communications office also works closely with cabinet-level departments and other executive agencies in order to create a coherent strategy, through which the president's message can be disseminate.

    Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency – responsible for enforcing the nation's Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. The agency conducts environmental assessment, research, and education. It has the responsibility of maintaining and enforcing national standards under a variety of environmental laws, in consultation with state, tribal, and local governments. It delegates some permitting, monitoring, and enforcement responsibility to U.S. states and the federally recognized tribes. EPA enforcement powers include fines, sanctions, and other measures. The agency also works with industries and all levels of government in a wide variety of voluntary pollution prevention programs and energy conservation efforts.

    Director of the Office of Management and Budget – evaluates the effectiveness of agency programs, policies, and procedures, assesses competing funding demands among agencies, and sets funding priorities. OMB ensures that agency reports, rules, testimony, and proposed legislation are consistent with the president's budget and with administration policies. OMB oversees and coordinates the administration's procurement, financial management, information, and regulatory policies. In each of these areas, OMB's role is to help improve administrative management, to develop better performance measures and coordinating mechanisms, and to reduce any unnecessary burdens on the public.

    Ambassador to the United Nations – leader of the U.S. delegation, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations is charged with representing the United States on the U.N. Security Council and during almost all plenary meetings of the General Assembly.

    United States Trade Representative – advises the President on trade policy, conducting trade negotiations at bilateral and multilateral levels, and coordinating trade policy within the government.

    Director of National Intelligence – produces the President's Daily Brief (PDB), a top-secret document including intelligence matters related to national security from all the various agencies, given each morning to the President of the United States.

    Administrator of the Small Business Administration – responsible for maintaining and strengthening the nation's economy by enabling the establishment and viability of small businesses and by assisting in the economic recovery of communities after disasters". The agency's activities are summarized as the "3 Cs" of capital, contracts and counseling.

  4. Wow this video had less forced jokes and Nicki Minaj-esque voice changing, and would you look at that i made it all the way through and learned something…

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