Angie Smith-Alder Discusses the Power of the President at LINC Luncheon

May 25, 2010

Angie Smith-AlderAngie Smith-Alder, associate professor of criminal justice and director of pre-law at Mount Union College, discussed “How Powerful is the President?” at the LINC Luncheon held Tuesday at the College.

Smith-Alder examined constitutional law dealing with Presidential power. “It doesn’t change unless there is an amendment to the constitution. The power to veto, to grant pardons and reprieves, to appoint ambassadors and judges and to make treaties are all powers that rest with the President of the United States,” she said. She also highlighted the importance of being the Commander in Chief and the role of Presidents in international affairs.

Relating Presidential power to President-elect Obama, she added that, although there will be a Democratic President and a Democratic majority in Congress, the Supreme Court is still a Republican majority. This provides for a system of checks and balances. She also added that who retires during the next Presidency and who is appointed by Obama will also be interesting, as that power also rests with the President. Smith-Alder explained that Obama’s personal charisma and Democratic control of Congress will make him a powerful President. In addition, his ability to respond to the economic crisis will test his wisdom as he exercises his Presidential power.

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Smith Alder earned bachelor of arts and master of science degrees from the University of Nebraska – Omaha, a juris doctor degree from Creighton University and a master of legal letters from Harvard University.

The Community luncheon series known as LINC (lunch, information, networking, and conversation) that began last year was conceived to take advantage of the local expertise from Mount Union’s faculty and staff that exists in Alliance, in light of the College’s exceptional academic reputation.

The sessions are open to the public and run from noon until 1 p.m. during the third Tuesday of the months of September, October, November, February, March and April. The cost for the lunch is $9 and will be served in the Hoover-Price Campus Center. Sessions will be chaired by Doug Schwarz vice president of Alliance Ventures and executive director of the Greater Alliance Foundation, with comments and updates from Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the College and Harry Paidas, vice president for public affairs and marketing.

For further information or to make a reservation contact Diane Thomas, assistant director of public affairs, at (330) 823-6063 or e-mail

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