When the presidency was established by the Constitution, it was given extraordinary powers. The terms used to describe its powers were vague and imprecise, leaving a lot of room for interpretation. The Twenty-Fifth Amendment filled in some gaps in the succession of the Presidents and Vice Presidents. Even before that, there was the War Powers Resolution of 1973. It curbed the President's powers in a time of war. However, despite its being passed, it has little effect in reality. Most presidents just ignore its provisions and do as they wish with regards to notifying Congress and such. The President's powers are more restricted now but they are still quite strong and some fear that they are too strong, that they should be restricted even more so than they already are.
Copyright © 1997 Jonathan Chin & Alan Stern