Two Different Views on Presidential Executive Powers
"The President can exercise no power which cannot be fairly and reasonably
traced to some specific grant of power or justly implied and included within such express
grant as proper and necessary to its exercise....There is no undefined residuum of power
which he can exercise because it seems to him to be in the public interest."
William Howard Taft
"It was not only [the president's] right but his duty to do anything that the needs of the Nation demanded unless such action was forbidden by the constitution or by the laws." The president should be "a steward of the people bound actively and affirmatively to do all he could."