Sunday, April 19, 2015
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Executive Branch

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

PrayFocusExecutiveMichael Botticelli, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Michael P. Botticelli was born in January 1958 in Troy, New York. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Sienna College and a Master’s in Education from St. Lawrence University. He grew up in a family with a history of alcoholism, and began drinking regularly in his junior year of high school. By his 20s, he was an alcoholic. He was arrested for driving under the influence following a collision on the Massachusetts Turnpike. A judge gave him the option of going into treatment or being sentenced to prison, and he chose to enter treatment.

After achieving sobriety, Botticelli joined the Massachusetts Department of Public Health where he worked as a coordinator for alcoholism programs, among other things, including other substance abuse.

He served as a Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Barack Obama. When the Director went to the Customs and Border Protection, Botticelli became the acting director. The U.S. Senate confirmed Botticelli as Director in January 2015 by a vote of 92-0.

Botticelli is openly gay and married.

IN THE NEWS: In a forum on drug and substance abuse, Michael Botticelli, the Administration’s Director of National Drug Control Policy, said that over 1,000 people die each year in Kentucky as a direct result of drug abuse, which is more than the number of car crash deaths in the state. The rate is much higher in Kentucky than nationally, according to Senator Mitch McConnell, who also participated in the forum. Botticelli is also participating in the 2015 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta, Georgia this month.

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Sunday April 19, 2015

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Executive Branch Prayer Needs


The White House relented and said President Obama would sign a compromise bill giving Congress a voice on the proposed nuclear accord with Iran as the matter goes to the Senate for a vote.

President Obama has decided to lift the U.S. designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, removing a principle impediment to the establishment of diplomatic relationships between the two countries.

Pray for wisdom for President Obama and his advisers as they deal with important international relations.