- Charles O. Jones
How powerful ought the president to be? The role of president is one of decision maker. Presidents have to balance what is expected with what can be delivered. The Founders ensured that making decisions was to be a joint enterprise. “Presidents at work: making law and doing policy” considers how this joint enterprise works: Congress can pass bills, the president signs them into law; presidents negotiate treaties, but two-thirds of the Senate must approve; the Supreme Court can negate a law, but Congress and the president can achieve their purpose by enacting a law that avoids the issue raised by the Court. Despite all this, the president is held accountable for what happens in government.