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On July 6, 2020

Bell Ringer: The Role of the President's Cabinet

Functions of the President

Douglas Bradburn, President and CEO at Mount Vernon discusses how George Washington established role of the cabinet in advising a President.


Douglas Bradburn, President and CEO of George Washington's Mount Vernon described how the role of the President's Cabinet evolved during George Washington's presidency. The role of the cabinet members is further explained in a 1993 C-SPAN classroom program.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • As Douglas Bradburn describes in video clip 1, what does the Constitution of the Unites States say about the President's cabinet?
  • What is the role of the Cabinet secretaries as described in video clip 2?
  • How are Cabinet departments established?
  • Who do the Cabinet secretaries report to and who approves the budgets for each department?

Additional Resource



    • Cabinet Secretary
    • Mandate
    • Oversee
    • President


    Executive Branch


    Middle SchoolHigh School