3 On the Office of VP…“Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president.” - Johnny Carson“The President has only 300 million bosses. The Vice President has 300 million and one.” - Hubert Humphrey“The person with the best job in the country is the vice president. All he has to do is get up every morning and say, 'How is the president?‘” - Will Rogers“One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is 'to be prepared'.” - Dan Quayle
4 Role of the Vice President What are the Constitutional duties of the VP?Have VP’s had much of a role throughout history?How has the office of the VP changed in recent years?
5 “Balancing the Ticket” What does it mean for a VP to “Balance the ticket”?GeographicallyPoliticallyPersonality /Personal characteristics –VPs also may be chosen to fill a perceived weakness with presidential candidate.
7 “Balancing the Ticket” Can you figure out how these VP candidates “balanced” their “tickets”?Geographically?Politically?Personality/Personal Characteristics?
8 A Heartbeat Away…So the VP is next in line, and one of his major functions is just to be ready in case the President can’t be President.But what happens if both the President and the VP are unable to serve at the same time?We have a plan for who would take over if that should happen…What is this plan called?
9 The Order of Succession to the Presidency How was the order determined?Article II of the ConstitutionActs of CongressThe 25th amendment.Constitution- Article II, Section 1What does this part of the Constitution say about what will happen if the president cannot serve for any reason?What is the problem with this part of the Constitution?
10 Presidential Succession Act (1947) Why is the time period significant for the passage of this act?What did this act of Congress do?What is the current order of succession?Vice PresidentSpeaker of the HousePresident pro tempore of the SenateSecretary of StateSecretary of the TreasurySecretary of DefenseAttorney General- 11 other Cabinet departments follow, last is Homeland Security
11 Line of Presidential Succession Vice President – Joe BidenSpeaker of the House- John BoehnerPresident pro tem of Senate – Daniel InouyeSecretary of State-Hillary ClintonSecretary of the Treasury- Timothy GeithnerSecretary of Defense- Leon PanettaAttorney General- Eric Holder…
12 25th Amendment (1967)Why were we thinking about the order of succession in the mid-1960’s?How did the 25th amendment “fill out” the remaining issues with the order of succession?