How powerful is the President?

1 May 2013 – Obama vows a new effort to close Guantanamo Bay prison

An article that highlights some of the failures of the Obama presidency and his vows to move forward. This could be great evidence for how the President, despite being ‘the leader of the free world’ could be seen to be weak. It could also be used for an assessment of the Obama presidency (you have seen similar questions for 45 marks assessing the Bush presidency). Finally, it is a useful discussion over the relationship between the President and Congress – think about using this for a ‘lame duck’ discussion.