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Hi, I'm Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics. Today, we're going to talk about government. I know you're thinking, "Craig, we've been talking about government for 13 weeks!" To that, I say, you got me. But let's talk about actual governing, in particular, the executive branch tools and strategies that the president uses to try to get things done. I mean, the president's just one person, for now. Who knows what sort of animal-human hybrid will be president in the future? But there's a lot of president-ing to be done in the United States. So, we usually just talk about the president as if he's the entire executive branch. But obviously, there's more to it than that. Technically, the entire federal bureaucracy is part of the executive branch. But it's really big and complicated. For today, let's just look at the top levels, the bigwigs, the Han Greens, the head honchos, the ones that deal most directly with the president. "Hang Green" doesn't work for the government. At the top of the organizational pyramid is the president, of course. And I suppose just below him is the vice president, ready to break a tie in the Senate or step in if the president dies or go to a shopping mall opening on behalf of the president. To paraphrase Truman's desk, the buck stops with the president, meaning he has the ultimate decision in important matters and therefore takes the blame when they go wrong. George W. Bush once called himself "the decider," and there's a lot of truth to that description. But many, probably most, policy decisions are made at lower levels because there are just too many of them for the president to make them all. The president is served directly by the White House staff,...