Comparing the Constitutional Presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama: War Powers, Signing Statements, Vetoes

White House Studies, Volume 12, Number 2 (October 2013): 125-146

22 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2013  

Robert J. Spitzer

State University of New York at Cortland

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Date Written: October 1, 2013

Abstract

Barack Obama campaigned for the presidency in part on a platform of promising to reverse the constitutional excesses of the second Bush presidency. Yet critics of the former law school professor – from both left and right – have been quick to accuse Obama of abandoning that promise by accepting, embracing, and even advancing expansive executive power claims. This article will examine these criticisms by comparing the two presidents’ constitutional power claims and actions in the areas of war powers, signing statements, and the veto power.

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Spitzer, Robert J., Comparing the Constitutional Presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama: War Powers, Signing Statements, Vetoes (October 1, 2013). White House Studies, Volume 12, Number 2 (October 2013): 125-146. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2361706

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