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POLS 105G: American Constitutional Law: Laws Controlling the U.S. Presidency

This guide will help you find information about the United States Constitution and its amendments, including primary sources.

U.S. Constitution, Article II: The President's Job Description

Article II of the U.S. Constitution briefly describes the role of the President in our federal government, as follows:

  • Section 1. States the qualifications a person must have to serve as President; explains the procedure for electing the President; provides the wording of the President's oath of office; and describes how the Vice President would take over the office of President, if needed.
  • Section 2. Names the President Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military.
  • Section 3. Lays out the responsibilities of the President, including communicating with Congress about how the country is doing -- which is accomplished by delivering the State of the Union address.
  • Section 4. Lists the reasons that a President may be removed from office.