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Obama at WarCongress and the Imperial Presidency$
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Ryan C. Hendrickson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813160948

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813160948.001.0001

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The War Powers Framework for the Obama Presidency

The War Powers Framework for the Obama Presidency

(p.7) 1 The War Powers Framework for the Obama Presidency
Obama at War

Ryan C. Hendrickson

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter provides a brief historical background on the exercise of war powers in the United States by tracing the evolution from a constitution that was based on checks and balances to an environment that fosters strong presidential leadership. This chapter also chronicles the histories of Barack Obama and Joseph Biden on the war powers issue while they served in the U.S. Senate. Their senatorial records generally indicate their strong preferences at the time for congressional oversight of the commander in chief. Their records are illuminated with a brief background on the exercise of war powers during the George W. Bush administration, when the commander in chief asserted wide military power in conducting its war on terrorism.

Keywords:   Constitution, war powers, Senator Joseph Biden, Senator Barack Obama, George W. Bush

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