1. ‘Congress shall have the power…to declare war…to raise and support armies…to provide and maintain a navy…’(Article 2, Section 8) “Congress would be the only part of government that can start a war. However, some people argue the President has certain war powers as possibly mentioned Article 2 Section 2. Nowhere in the passage does it even hint at the power of the President to unilaterally go into war without Congressional authorization.” (http://bit.ly/hh32wf)
2. The ability to sign executive orders that act as laws to bypass Congress. This hasn’t been used much in the past 10 years, but it has been used to bypass approval by Congress.
3. Inherent powers, do certain actions in interest of “national security” including violating the Constitution (PATRIOT Act, listening in on Americans to protect from terrorism even though the Supreme Court said it was illegal).Some say they have the power to suspend laws in “wartime.”
4. The Bush Administration has demanded that presidential wartime powers permit the President to assume complete control over any and all aspects of an international war on terrorism.
5. Presidents have claimed for themselves certain powers that they feel are granted to them under Article II of the U.S. Constitution.
6. Many President have said they have power of immunity from legislative oversight, since the beginning of the Cold War if not eariler, this power has been asserted
The last one is terrifying. A president without such oversight can run the country independently. It’s a situation I hope doesn’t happen with Obama.