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Published on November 2nd, 2012 | by Jasmin Ramsey

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Is the President an “elected king”?

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Something light, or heavy, depending on your views of the US constitution, just days before official voting starts for the presidential election.

In this clip from “With Honors” (1994), a homeless person living in the basement of a Harvard library (played by Joe Pesci) outwits and outsmarts a condescing Professor (played by the late and great, Gore Vidal), in a heated exchange over the powers granted to the President by the constitution.

I can’t speak to the veracity of the claims made here and a legal friend tells me there’s no clear answer, but Pesci’s performance is representative of one of the US’s greatest contributions to modern cinema — the oscar-worthy speech.

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Jasmin Ramsey is the deputy bureau chief for the international news wire service, IPS News.



One Response to Is the President an “elected king”?

  1. avatar Mehrooz Zamanzadeh says:

    I think this piece is one of the most interesting presentations that I have seen during years. It exhibits interpretations, Harvard graduates and powers granted to the president by constitution in just short 6 minutes.

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