The Past, Present, and Future of Presidential Power
Since Al-Qaeda struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, presidential power has been at the forefront of constitutional law. Critics castigated President George W. Bush for his detention policies, military tribunals, signing statements, interrogation techniques, surveillance, firing of U.S. attorneys, and broad conception of executive power. This litany is necessarily truncated in the interests of space.
One of the most eloquent and trenchant critics of President Bush was Illinois Senator Barack Obama. While running for President, the freshman Senator inspired many with lofty rhetoric and his promise to heal America. He especially heartened the small cohort of constitutional law professors.