Political Scientists want to know how presidents pass from history into history. Basically, we want to know as presidents and their members pass through the permanent government, what modifications will these individuals make that will change our existing institution? And during the president's candidacy, what personal and characteristical decisions will effect these changes? During a presidential transition, the government does not cease therefore rapid adjustments have to made upon presidential nomination. These adjustments are paramount in constructing a practical guideline for newly elected presidents entering office for the first time. There are a few key issues that are important when clarifying these guidelines. The first step is determining the separation of powers between the president and other main institutions of the government.
The main analysis is determining whether events supersede both the institution and person as a determinative of behavior. Another question is whether changing events cause adjustments in strategy with party control and competition.
When a president enters office what effects does the decisions of the prior president play in achieving personal future goals? Personal experience is another major concern to Political Scientists. Since no elected president enters office with a blank political history, has the incumbent's experience prepared them to comprehend their new setting? President George W. Bush has shown exactly how much character and personality can impact the presidency. I have chosen three types that I feel stand out the most.
The first type is a characteristic that continues to show up continually. In Seymour Hersh's article, Who Lied to Whom? Hersh shows that a major characteristic of Bush is his impulsive actions. As Congress prepared to vote on authorizing Bush to wage war on Iraq during a September 2003 meeting, a group of CIA officials briefed their foreign relations committee on Iraq's weapons capability. During...