why is article 2 of the constitution important

Use this U. S. Constitution summary to review one of the world's most important documents. Section 1 of Article 2 of the Constitution deals with the office of the president. It states, "The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice-President chosen for the same Term. "
Section 1 establishes the electoral college: when voting for a president, voters are actually selecting other people to vote for the president. Each state sends a certain number of electors (the number for each state equals its number of representatives in the House of Representatives + 2) and the electors choose a president. See amendment 12 for changes made to the electoral college. The president must be born a United States citizen or be a citizen at the time the Constitution was ratified, at least 35 years old, and a resident of the United States for at least 14 years. The president is paid a salary from the United States treasury.


His or her salary cannot be increased or decreased while in office. The president must take the following oath before becoming president: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. " Section 2 - The Text The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment. He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein other- wise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.


The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session. Section 2 - The Meaning The president serves not only as the head of the executive branch of government, but also as the commander in chief of the armed forces (including state national guards when they are called on to serve with the federal armed forces). As chief executive, the president runs the different executive agencies, such as the Department of the Treasury or the Department of Health and Human Services.


The president has the power to pardon (let free) any person who has committed a federal crime, except in cases of impeachment. With permission from two-thirds of the senators present, the president can make treaties (agreements) with other countries. With the approval of a majority of senators, the president makes a number of key appointments. These include U. S. ambassadors and foreign consuls, Supreme Court justices and federal judges, U. S. attorneys, U. S. marshals, Cabinet officers, independent agency heads, and members of regulatory commissions. To ensure that the president can fill vacancies when the Senate is not in session, the president can make any of these appointments without Senate approval, but these Бrecess appointmentsБ end at the end of the next Senate session. Congress may choose to require Senate approval of other presidential appointments or let the president, courts or department heads appoint staff and agency employees without approval by the Senate.

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