Presidents possess both formal or enumerated and informal or implied constitutional powers. The enumerated powers are found in Article II of the U.S. Constitution while the implied powers were developed by one president or another beginning with Washington to meet a specific need not addressed in the enumerated powers by the founding fathers and stated in the constitution.
Major Formal or Enumerated Powers: Head of State Commander in Chief Chief Diplomat Chief Legislator Chief Budget Officer Emergency Powers Executive Orders Executive Privilege Executive Pardons
Major Informal or Implied Powers: The President as Chief of His/Her Political Party The President’s Power to Persuade
(1) Go to the White House website https://www.whitehouse.gov/ and explore it. Select the President’s “Schedule” for a date when he has at least four activities listed: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog#today (You will find schedules for several dates below the one for today.). (2) For each activity you select, specify what formal and, or informal power/s are being exercised by the president. (3) Then go back to the Internet and determine why the president is meeting with the leader or group of people/organization listed in the schedule and briefly explain why they are meeting – for what purpose).