The Vice President's Role Analytical Essay by Nicky

A look at the US Vice President responsibilities in the absence of the President.
# 145610 | 1,307 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 18, 2010 in History (U.S. Presidency)

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The paper looks at the description of the office of the Vice President in the United States Constitution. The paper discusses how Andrew Johnson was forced to assume the Presidency when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, but he failed to live up to Lincoln's ideals and shrugged off the responsibility he had inherited. The paper then looks at Harry Truman's presidency after Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office, but relates that Truman was an admirable and wise President. The paper also addresses the Reagan assassination attempt, when George Herbert Walker Bush could have had the responsibilities of the Presidency.

From the Paper:

"Throughout the two hundred and fifty year history of the United States, the men who held the highest office in the land, the Presidency of the United States of America, have faced many overwhelming and dangerous situations, such as when Abraham Lincoln was forced to save the Union against the armies of the Confederacy during the Civil War and when President Franklin D. Roosevelt had to devise a way to save the country from the perils of the Great Depression in the early 1930's.
"But more often than not, it was their Vice Presidents, such as Andrew Johnson under Lincoln, Harry S. Truman under FDR and George Herbert Walker Bush under Reagan, who woke up one morning and found themselves in an unexpected dilemma because the President had suddenly fallen gravely ill or had been shot by an assassin's bullet, thus forcing him to assume the duties of the President."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bradley, Harold Whitman. The United States from 1865. New York: Charles Scribner'sSons, 2003.
  • Carlton, William C., Ed. Encyclopedia of the History of the United States. New York:Macmillan, 2002.
  • Thomas, Benjamin P. Abraham Lincoln: A Biography. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1994.
  • "Vice Presidents of the United States." U.S. Senate. Internet. Retrieved January 12, 2009from

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