Working With U.S. Presidents
"The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America..."
-- United States Constitution, Article II, Section 1.
The United States Constitution created the office of the president in 1787, and George Washington took office two years later as the nation's first chief executive. At first, the Constitution gave the President only a few specified powers, including the role of commander in chief, the authority to make treaties, and the power to grant pardons and nominate judges. While those powers have changed and expanded since 1789, one of the president's most important roles was and continues to be that of working with Congress to pass legislation.
Since his election to Congress in 1970, Congressman Young has often worked with the president or other members of the executive branch in order to advocate the needs of Pinellas County. He has enjoyed working relationships with Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Visit the White House
Tour the Smithsonian Institution's exhibit on The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
View presidential portraits at the National Portrait Gallery's Hall of Presidents.
Read each president's Inaugural Address.
Read Congressman Young's tribute to President Ronald W. Reagan.