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Incapacitation in the Oval Office: Presidential Disabiltity

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The main question that this paper will address is what happens in times of presidential incapacitation. There are several hypotheses that I hope to test through this research and I will present them here. The first hypothesis is that the text of the Constitution that deals with presidential incapacitation is vague. My second hypothesis is that presidential case studies will show demonstrate this vagueness through the fact that in times of supposed presidential incapacitation, what was supposed to happen according to the Constitution (temporarily giving the powers of the presidency to the vice president until the president is able to carry out his duties), did not happen. My third hypothesis is that this has changed within the last thirty years due to three things: the ratification of the 25th Amendment in 1967, the rise of the “Presidential Spectacle” starting in the 1960’s, and Ronald Reagan’s near assassination in 1981. The effect of these three things is that we are now living in a time period in which presidential incapacitation has occurred and the proper steps, according to the Constitution and the related amendment, have, albeit infrequently, occurred.
I will attempt to answer the main question and prove my hypothesis in my research through a particular framework. This framework will involve three sections. The first section will address the Constitution itself. It will take a formal legalist perspective. I will attempt to ascertain what the authors intended and what the text of Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 5 means. I will do this with the aid of the work of noted historians and political scientists who have done analysis of the text and the authors/ the authors’ intentions. I will also use primary sources in the forms of documents written by the authors of the Constitution.
The second section will examine what has happened historically in supposed times of presidential disability. The terms of all forty-three presidents will be looked at in order to determine if there were periods during their time in office when they were temporarily or permanently unable to carry out the duties of the office due to injury, physical illness, or mental ailment.
The third section will examine the three things that I have mentioned earlier that have affected what happens during times of presidential incapacitation. The adoption of the 25th in 1967, a reaction to the assassination of JFK and the periods of ailments afflicting Eisenhower, was an important development that attempted to clarify what would happen during these questionable times. The second is the increasing amount of media attention thrust upon the president, making him the most studied and scrutinized individual on the planet. The third is the attention that was paid to this issue after Reagan's near assassination in 1981 and the ensuing confusion as to who was/ who would be in charge.

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McQueeney, Kevin. "Incapacitation in the Oval Office: Presidential Disabiltity" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, IL, Apr 12, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p196596_index.html>

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Abstract: The main question that this paper will address is what happens in times of presidential incapacitation. There are several hypotheses that I hope to test through this research and I will present them here. The first hypothesis is that the text of the Constitution that deals with presidential incapacitation is vague. My second hypothesis is that presidential case studies will show demonstrate this vagueness through the fact that in times of supposed presidential incapacitation, what was supposed to happen according to the Constitution (temporarily giving the powers of the presidency to the vice president until the president is able to carry out his duties), did not happen. My third hypothesis is that this has changed within the last thirty years due to three things: the ratification of the 25th Amendment in 1967, the rise of the “Presidential Spectacle” starting in the 1960’s, and Ronald Reagan’s near assassination in 1981. The effect of these three things is that we are now living in a time period in which presidential incapacitation has occurred and the proper steps, according to the Constitution and the related amendment, have, albeit infrequently, occurred.
I will attempt to answer the main question and prove my hypothesis in my research through a particular framework. This framework will involve three sections. The first section will address the Constitution itself. It will take a formal legalist perspective. I will attempt to ascertain what the authors intended and what the text of Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 5 means. I will do this with the aid of the work of noted historians and political scientists who have done analysis of the text and the authors/ the authors’ intentions. I will also use primary sources in the forms of documents written by the authors of the Constitution.
The second section will examine what has happened historically in supposed times of presidential disability. The terms of all forty-three presidents will be looked at in order to determine if there were periods during their time in office when they were temporarily or permanently unable to carry out the duties of the office due to injury, physical illness, or mental ailment.
The third section will examine the three things that I have mentioned earlier that have affected what happens during times of presidential incapacitation. The adoption of the 25th in 1967, a reaction to the assassination of JFK and the periods of ailments afflicting Eisenhower, was an important development that attempted to clarify what would happen during these questionable times. The second is the increasing amount of media attention thrust upon the president, making him the most studied and scrutinized individual on the planet. The third is the attention that was paid to this issue after Reagan's near assassination in 1981 and the ensuing confusion as to who was/ who would be in charge.

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Kevin McQueeney “Incapacitation in the Oval Office: Presidential Disability” I. Introduction The main question that this paper will attempt to address is what happens in times of presidential incapacitation. There are several hypotheses that I hope to test through this research and I will present them here. The first hypothesis is that the text of the Constitution that deals with presidential incapacitation is vague. My second hypothesis is that presidential case studies will show demonstrate this vagueness through the
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