4: The executive branch clipart.com Questions: What are the qualifications that presidential candidates must meet? (Scan Article 2, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.) Do all U.S. citizens have about the same chance of becoming president or are some more likely to become president than others? Do you think foreign-born Americans should be able to run for president? Why or why not? The president serves as the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces. In your opinion, does a president need to have a military background? Explain. ELEC T 2008ION Powers & responsibilities: 1.) Locate a copy of the U.S. Constitution and read Article 2, Section 2. As you read, list each of the president’s powers and duties.* Now, find at least five articles in USA TODAY that mention President Bush and describe the action he is taking in each (e.g., meeting with members of Congress). Then, for each of your examples explain what duty he is fulfilling or what power he is executing. 2.) Based on your research, what characteristics and qualifications would the ideal president have? Explain your answer. *For a more detailed description of the role of the president, consult a reference source such as Encarta. Apply here: Above, you described the ideal president. Who do you think is most qualified to fulfill the duties of president — a senator, a governor or a vice president? Who is least qualified? The 22nd Amendment prevents presidents from serving three terms. In your opinion, should this amendment be repealed? Explain. Each January, the president must give a State of the Union address in which he recommends actions for the consideration of Congress. Skim USA TODAY and ELEC 200T8ION jot down notes on the current state of the country. If you had to deliver a State of the Union address next month, what issues would you talk about and what actions would you recommend? Now, in small groups, create a job application for the position of U.S. president. In addition to the usual information — education, experience, etc. — ask the applicant to answer several questions that will give you important insights ELE about the person’s suitability to the role. Then, trade 20C0T8ION applications with another group. Choose a 2008 presidential candidate (you may choose a third party candidate) and, using information from USA TODAY and other sources, fill out the application as she or he might. (If you can, find a photo of the candidate in the newspaper and attach it to the application.) Include the application you developed and your peers completed in your portfolio. If possible, photocopy the one your peers developed and you completed and add that to your portfolio, too. © Copyright 2007, USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co., Inc.
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