Comparing the Constitutional Presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama: War Powers, Signing Statements, Vetoes
Robert J. Spitzer
State University of New York at Cortland
October 1, 2013
White House Studies, Volume 12, Number 2 (October 2013): 125-146
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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Date posted: December 1, 2013