Political Science 3300, The American Presidency, March 19, 2012
Personality, Character, and Skill
2. Different Backgrounds
3. Different States of health
4. Different Personalities
"Active" versus "Passive" personalities
"Negative" versus "Positive personalities
Some other personality characteristics
Assessing recent presidents
5. Differences in Character
What is character?
How do you know good character when you see it?
6. Different Skills
The President and Congress
1. Things the President Needs to Know About Congress
A. Congress is essential for your success
It Controls Money & People
Winning reelection and serving constituents is
C. Members of Congress take a more short-term, parochial view than a president.
D. Congress is hard to lead
E. Congress expects the president to set
the big agenda, including budgets ...
but they'll make the final decisions themselves, thank you very much.
2. How Can You Get Congress to Cooperate with You?
a. Help them win Reelection and Serve their Constituents
b. Set the agenda
c. Use the veto and the veto threat as needed
d. Be popular
e. Be from the same party the majorities represent
f. Get some help from the leaders
3. Presidential Success in Congress: The Record
Different ways to score presidential success