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Constitutional Soundbites: A Glimpse into the Role of the President

March 21, 2018

In this episode of Constitutional Soundbites, David Shestokas analyzes the role of the president as well as how it differs from what the founders intended.

In the third installment of The Heartland Institute’s Constitutional Soundbites series, David Shestokas, Chris Talgo and Lindsey Stroud discuss “Article II: The President, Volume 2” from Shestokas’ book Constitutional Soundbites. Shestokas articulates the original intent of the role of Commander-in-Chief, the process of presidential appointments, the history of the State of the Union Address, what it means to “faithfully execute” the laws, and the unique nature of the presidential oath of office.

The Constitutional Soundbites series is a project of The Heartland Institute to provide further insight into David J. Shestokas’ book Constitutional Soundbites, which explains the history, philosophy and meaning of our Founding documents. Purchase your copy at

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David Shestokas earned his B.A. in Political Science from Bradley University in 1975 and his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School, cum laude, in June of 1987. In 1986-87 he served on The John Marshall Law Review. @@shestokas
Chris Talgo is editor for The Heartland Institute
Lindsey Stroud joined The Heartland Institute in 2016 as a Government Relations Coordinator. In 2017, Lindsey was named State Government Relations Manager.