This comprehensive guide is the definitive source for researchers seeking an understanding of those who have occupied the White House and on the institution of the U.S. presidency. Readers turn to Guide to the Presidency for its wealth of facts and analytical chapters that explain the structure, powers, and operations of the office and the president’s relationship with Congress and the Supreme Court. The work is divided into eight distinct subject areas covering every aspect of the U.S. presidency.

Chapter 29 The President and Congress

Chapter 29 The president and congress
Robert J.Spitzer

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.

—James Madison

Federalist No. 51

The constitutional convention of 1787 is supposed to have created a government of “separated powers.” It did nothing of the sort. Rather, it created a government of separated institutions sharing powers.

—Richard E. Neustadt

Presidential Power

I have been told I was on the road to Hell, but I had no idea that it was just a mile down the road with a dome on it.

—Abraham Lincoln

The Framers of the constitution who convened in Philadelphia in ...

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