Lesson 16: How Much Power Should Be Given to the Executive and Judicial Branches?
Presidential Power: Crash Course Government and Politics #11
Here we look at the expressed powers of the President of the United States - that is the ones you can find in the Constitution. From appointing judges and granting pardons, to vetoing laws and acting as the nation's chief diplomat on foreign policy, the Commander in Chief is a pretty powerful person, but actually not as powerful as you might think. The Constitution also limits presidential powers to maintain balance among the three branches of government.
Checks and Balances on the President
The president's power is limited by a few different methods.
The Judicial Branch
Article III of the Constitution establishes the judicial branch. A national judiciary was needed to decide disputes between state governments and between citizens of two or more states; it was also needed for disputes between the national government and a state or a citizen.