As it relates to the checks and balances of our American government, the Executive Branch is responsible for the daily administration of the state bureaucracy. The head of the Executive Branch is the President of the United States. Underneath the President are the several Departments that have been created by Executive Order. The Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Justice are just a few examples of these subgroups within the Executive Branch. The representative leaders of these departments are collectively known as the President’s “Cabinet” of advisors.
Since the Executive Branch of our government is in charge of administrating the affairs of the nation, it is important to keep them in our prayers. The Executive Branch directs the general political flow of the federal government.
Featured Member of the Executive Branch for Prayer
Barack H. Obama, President of the United States
Barack Hussein Obama II was born in August 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. After Obama’s mother obtained a divorce from his Kenyan father, she married an Indonesian student, and the family moved to Jakarta, where young Barack attended the Besuki Public School and St. Francis of Assisi School. A few years later, he returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents, and attended Punahou School, a private college preparatory, from the fifth grade until his high school graduation. Following high school, Obama moved to Los Angeles to attend Occidental College. He later transferred to Columbia University in New York City where he majored in political science with a specialty in international relations. He received his B.A. from Columbia.
After graduation, he was hired in Chicago as director of a church-based community organization on Chicago’s far South Side. In mid-1988 he traveled to Europe for three weeks and then for two weeks in Kenya, where he met many of his paternal relatives for the first time.
In 1988, Obama entered Harvard Law School, graduating with a juris doctor. He spent his summers working in Chicago as an associate to several law firms. He accepted a two-year position as Visiting Law and Government Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, then later as a full professor there for twelve years, teaching constitutional law.
He was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996 and served two terms. He then ran for the position of United States Senator, and was elected in 2004. He was still serving as Senator when he was tapped for the role of presidential candidate. He won the presidency by taking 365 electoral votes, and capturing 52.9% of the nation’s popular vote. He was reelected in 2012 with 51% of the popular vote. He is the nation’s current sitting President.
President Obama is married to Michelle Robinson, and they have two daughters – Malia and Sasha. His mother-in-law Marian Robinson lives at the White House with the family. He lists his faith as Christianity, and although the Obama family has not officially joined any church in Washington, D.C., they will sometimes attend St. John’s Protestant Episcopal Church on Lafayette Square, just across from the White House.
IN THE NEWS: “We have done some enormous work and I want to thank everybody sitting around this table to continue to make our forces leaner, meaner, more effective, more tailored to the particular challenges that we’re going to face in the 21st century,” President Barack Obama said at a meeting last week with Pentagon leadership. “But we also have to make sure that Congress is working with us to avoid, for example, some of the draconian cuts that are called for in sequestration.” According to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the Army would shed 20,000 active-duty soldiers if sequestration cuts take effect, a step that would endanger its ability to fight two major conflicts at the same time. The National Guard would also lose 40,000 soldiers, while the Army Reserve would draw down 20,000. Similarly, the Navy would lay up six additional ships and halt two years of F-35 purchases. The Air Force would retire 80 more aircraft and delay its purchases of new planes, according to the Pentagon. The argument against defense cuts is likely to see renewed attention now that the President has launched an expansive military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Following his briefing, President Obama cautioned that the ISIS fight “remains a difficult mission.”
Executive Branch Prayer Needs
PRAY FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION
President Barack Obama will not nominate a new Attorney General until after Election Day to avoid the appointment getting caught up in the politics of election campaigns, a White House official said.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled a climate change roadmap, urging his international counterparts to remain “clear-eyed” about the “security threats” presented by an unaddressed global warming.
Pray for President Obama and his Cabinet members and advisers as they look after America’s security.