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The Power to Proclaim ... by Brandon Rottinghaus, University of Houston
Brandon RottinghausA presidential proclamation is “an instrument that states a condition, declares a law and requires obedience, recognizes an event or triggers the implementation of a law (by recognizing that the circumstances in law have been realized)” (Cooper 2002, 116). In short, presidents “define” situations or conditions on situations that become legal or economic truth. These orders carry the same force of law as executive orders – the difference between the two is that executive orders are aimed at those inside government while proclamations are aimed at those outside government. The administrative weight of these proclamations is upheld because they are often specifically authorized by congressional statute, making them “delegated unilateral powers.” Presidential proclamations are often dismissed as a practical presidential tool for policy making because of the perception of proclamations as largely ceremonial or symbolic in nature. However, the legal weight of presidential proclamations suggests their importance to presidential governance. - click to continue reading this research note
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Barack Obama January 4, 2010 Proclamation 8470 - National Mentoring Month, 2010
Barack Obama January 4, 2010 Proclamation 8471 - National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2010
Barack Obama January 8, 2010 Proclamation 8472 - National Influenza Vaccination Week, 2010
Barack Obama January 15, 2010 Proclamation 8473 - Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2010
Barack Obama January 15, 2010 Proclamation 8474 - Religious Freedom Day, 2010
Barack Obama January 20, 2010 Proclamation 8475 - National Angel Island Day, 2010
Barack Obama February 1, 2010 Proclamation 8476 - National African American History Month, 2010
Barack Obama February 1, 2010 Proclamation 8477 - American Heart Month, 2010
Barack Obama February 24, 2010 Proclamation 8478 - American Red Cross Month, 2010
Barack Obama March 1, 2010 Proclamation 8479 - Irish-American Heritage Month, 2010
Barack Obama March 1, 2010 Proclamation 8480 - Read Across America Day, 2010
Barack Obama March 2, 2010 Proclamation 8481 - Women's History Month, 2010
Barack Obama March 5, 2010 Proclamation 8482 - National Consumer Protection Week, 2010
Barack Obama March 5, 2010 Proclamation 8483 - Save Your Vision Week, 2010
Barack Obama March 15, 2010 Proclamation 8484 - National Poison Prevention Week, 2010
Barack Obama March 24, 2010 Proclamation 8485 - Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy, 2010
Barack Obama March 25, 2010 Proclamation 8486 - Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., 2010
Barack Obama March 31, 2010 Proclamation 8487 - Cesar Chavez Day, 2010
Barack Obama March 31, 2010 Proclamation 8488 - Census Day, 2010
Barack Obama April 1, 2010 Proclamation 8489 - National Cancer Control Month, 2010
Barack Obama April 1, 2010 Proclamation 8490 - National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2010
Barack Obama April 1, 2010 Proclamation 8491 - National Donate Life Month, 2010
Barack Obama April 1, 2010 Proclamation 8492 - National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, 2010
Barack Obama April 2, 2010 Proclamation 8493 - National Financial Literacy Month, 2010
Barack Obama April 8, 2010 Proclamation 8494 - National D.A.R.E. Day, 2010
Barack Obama April 9, 2010 Proclamation 8495 - Pan American Day and Pan American Week, 2010
Barack Obama April 9, 2010 Proclamation 8496 - National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, 2010
Barack Obama April 12, 2010 Proclamation 8497 - Honoring the Victims of the Montcoal, West Virginia, Mine Disaster
Barack Obama April 16, 2010 Proclamation 8498 - National Park Week, 2010
Barack Obama April 16, 2010 Proclamation 8499 - National Crime Victims' Rights Week, 2010
Barack Obama April 16, 2010 Proclamation 8500 - National Volunteer Week, 2010
Barack Obama April 16, 2010 Proclamation 8501 - National Day of Service and Remembrance for Victims and Survivors of Terrorism, 2010
Barack Obama April 20, 2010 Proclamation 8502 - National Equal Pay Day, 2010
Barack Obama April 21, 2010 Proclamation 8503 - Earth Day, 2010
Barack Obama April 26, 2010 Proclamation 8504 - Death of Dorothy I. Height
Barack Obama April 28, 2010 Proclamation 8505 - National Foster Care Month, 2010
Barack Obama April 28, 2010 Proclamation 8506 - Older Americans Month, 2010
Barack Obama April 28, 2010 Proclamation 8507 - Workers Memorial Day, 2010
Barack Obama April 29, 2010 Proclamation 8508 - Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2010
Barack Obama April 29, 2010 Proclamation 8509 - National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, 2010
Barack Obama April 29, 2010 Proclamation 8510 - National Charter Schools Week, 2010
Barack Obama April 29, 2010 Proclamation 8511 - Law Day, U.S.A., 2010
Barack Obama April 29, 2010 Proclamation 8512 - Loyalty Day, 2010
Barack Obama April 30, 2010 Proclamation 8513 - Jewish American Heritage Month, 2010
Barack Obama April 30, 2010 Proclamation 8514 - National Day of Prayer, 2010
Barack Obama May 6, 2010 Proclamation 8515 - Military Spouse Appreciation Day, 2010
Barack Obama May 7, 2010 Proclamation 8516 - National Women's Health Week, 2010
Barack Obama May 7, 2010 Proclamation 8517 - Mother's Day, 2010
Barack Obama May 7, 2010 Proclamation 8518 - Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, 2010
Barack Obama May 13, 2010 Proclamation 8519 - Emergency Medical Services Week, 2010
Barack Obama May 14, 2010 Proclamation 8520 - National Defense Transportation Day and National Transportation Week, 2010
Barack Obama May 14, 2010 Proclamation 8521 - World Trade Week, 2010
Barack Obama May 14, 2010 Proclamation 8522 - Armed Forces Day, 2010
Barack Obama May 20, 2010 Proclamation 8523 - National Hurricane Preparedness Week, 2010
Barack Obama May 20, 2010 Proclamation 8524 - National Safe Boating Week, 2010
Barack Obama May 20, 2010 Proclamation 8525 - Small Business Week, 2010
Barack Obama May 20, 2010 Proclamation 8526 - National Maritime Day, 2010
Barack Obama May 28, 2010 Proclamation 8527 - African-American Music Appreciation Month, 2010
Barack Obama May 28, 2010 Proclamation 8528 - Great Outdoors Month, 2010
Barack Obama May 28, 2010 Proclamation 8529 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2010
Barack Obama May 28, 2010 Proclamation 8530 - National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2010
Barack Obama May 28, 2010 Proclamation 8531 - National Oceans Month, 2010
Barack Obama May 28, 2010 Proclamation 8532 - Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2010
Barack Obama June 10, 2010 Proclamation 8533 - 90th Anniversary of the Department of Labor Women's Bureau, 2010
Barack Obama June 10, 2010 Proclamation 8534 - King Kamehameha Day, 2010
Barack Obama June 11, 2010 Proclamation 8535 - Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2010
Barack Obama June 12, 2010 Proclamation 8536 - To Implement Certain Provisions of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement With Respect to Costa Rica, and for Other Purposes
Barack Obama June 18, 2010 Proclamation 8537 - Father's Day, 2010
Barack Obama June 18, 2010 Proclamation 8538 - World Refugee Day, 2010
Barack Obama June 29, 2010 Proclamation 8539 - To Modify Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized System of Preferences
Barack Obama June 30, 2010 Proclamation 8540 - Death of Senator Robert C. Byrd, President Pro Tempore of the Senate
Barack Obama July 16, 2010 Proclamation 8541 - Captive Nations Week, 2010
Barack Obama July 26, 2010 Proclamation 8542 - Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, 2010
Barack Obama July 26, 2010 Proclamation 8543 - National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, 2010
Barack Obama July 30, 2010 Proclamation 8544 - 45th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid
Barack Obama August 5, 2010 Proclamation 8545 - National Health Center Week, 2010
Barack Obama August 13, 2010 Proclamation 8546 - 75th Anniversary of the Social Security Act
Barack Obama August 20, 2010 Proclamation 8547 - Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2010
Barack Obama August 26, 2010 Proclamation 8548 - Women's Equality Day, 2010
Barack Obama August 27, 2010 Proclamation 8549 - National Preparedness Month, 2010
Barack Obama August 31, 2010 Proclamation 8550 - National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, 2010
Barack Obama August 31, 2010 Proclamation 8551 - National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, 2010
Barack Obama August 31, 2010 Proclamation 8552 - National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, 2010
Barack Obama August 31, 2010 Proclamation 8553 - National Wilderness Month, 2010
Barack Obama September 1, 2010 Proclamation 8554 - National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, 2010
Barack Obama September 3, 2010 Proclamation 8555 - Labor Day, 2010
Barack Obama September 10, 2010 Proclamation 8556 - National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, 2010
Barack Obama September 10, 2010 Proclamation 8557 - National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, 2010
Barack Obama September 10, 2010 Proclamation 8558 - National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, 2010
Barack Obama September 10, 2010 Proclamation 8559 - Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2010
Barack Obama September 10, 2010 Proclamation 8560 - National Grandparents Day, 2010
Barack Obama September 15, 2010 Proclamation 8561 - National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2010
Barack Obama September 16, 2010 Proclamation 8562 - Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, Constitution Week, 2010
Barack Obama September 16, 2010 Proclamation 8563 - National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2010
Barack Obama September 17, 2010 Proclamation 8564 - National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week, 2010
Barack Obama September 17, 2010 Proclamation 8565 - National Farm Safety and Health Week, 2010
Barack Obama September 17, 2010 Proclamation 8566 - National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, 2010
Barack Obama September 24, 2010 Proclamation 8567 - National Hunting and Fishing Day, 2010
Barack Obama September 24, 2010 Proclamation 8568 - National Public Lands Day, 2010
Barack Obama September 24, 2010 Proclamation 8569 - Gold Star Mother's and Families' Day, 2010
Barack Obama September 27, 2010 Proclamation 8570 - Family Day, 2010
Barack Obama October 1, 2010 Proclamation 8571 - National Arts and Humanities Month, 2010
Barack Obama October 1, 2010 Proclamation 8572 - National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 2010
Barack Obama October 1, 2010 Proclamation 8573 - National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2010
Barack Obama October 1, 2010 Proclamation 8574 - National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2010
Barack Obama October 1, 2010 Proclamation 8575 - National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2010
Barack Obama October 1, 2010 Proclamation 8576 - National Energy Awareness Month, 2010
Barack Obama October 1, 2010 Proclamation 8577 - Fire Prevention Week, 2010
Barack Obama October 4, 2010 Proclamation 8578 - Child Health Day, 2010
Barack Obama October 6, 2010 Proclamation 8579 - National Physician Assistants Week, 2010
Barack Obama October 6, 2010 Proclamation 8580 - German-American Day, 2010
Barack Obama October 8, 2010 Proclamation 8581 - Leif Erikson Day, 2010
Barack Obama October 8, 2010 Proclamation 8582 - General Pulaski Memorial Day, 2010
Barack Obama October 8, 2010 Proclamation 8583 - National School Lunch Week, 2010
Barack Obama October 8, 2010 Proclamation 8584 - Columbus Day, 2010
Barack Obama October 14, 2010 Proclamation 8585 - Italian American Heritage and Culture Month, 2010
Barack Obama October 15, 2010 Proclamation 8586 - National Character Counts Week, 2010
Barack Obama October 15, 2010 Proclamation 8587 - National Forest Products Week, 2010
Barack Obama October 15, 2010 Proclamation 8588 - White Cane Safety Day, 2010
Barack Obama October 22, 2010 Proclamation 8589 - United Nations Day, 2010
Barack Obama October 29, 2010 Proclamation 8590 - Military Family Month, 2010
Barack Obama October 29, 2010 Proclamation 8591 - National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, 2010
Barack Obama October 29, 2010 Proclamation 8592 - National Diabetes Month, 2010
Barack Obama October 29, 2010 Proclamation 8593 - National Family Caregivers Month, 2010
Barack Obama October 29, 2010 Proclamation 8594 - National Hospice Month, 2010
Barack Obama October 29, 2010 Proclamation 8595 - National Native American Heritage Month, 2010
Barack Obama November 1, 2010 Proclamation 8596 - To Adjust the Rules of Origin Under the United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement, Implement Modifications to the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act, and for Other Purposes
Barack Obama November 1, 2010 Proclamation 8597 - National Adoption Month, 2010
Barack Obama November 5, 2010 Proclamation 8598 - Veterans Day, 2010
Barack Obama November 8, 2010 Proclamation 8599 - World Freedom Day, 2010
Barack Obama November 15, 2010 Proclamation 8600 - National Entrepreneurship Week, 2010
Barack Obama November 15, 2010 Proclamation 8601 - America Recycles Day, 2010
Barack Obama November 16, 2010 Proclamation 8602 - American Education Week, 2010
Barack Obama November 18, 2010 Proclamation 8603 - National Family Week, 2010
Barack Obama November 19, 2010 Proclamation 8604 - National Child's Day, 2010
Barack Obama November 19, 2010 Proclamation 8605 - National Farm-City Week, 2010
Barack Obama November 23, 2010 Proclamation 8606 - Thanksgiving Day, 2010
Barack Obama November 30, 2010 Proclamation 8607 - Critical Infrastructure Protection Month, 2010
Barack Obama November 30, 2010 Proclamation 8608 - Helsinki Human Rights Day, 2010
Barack Obama November 30, 2010 Proclamation 8609 - World AIDS Day, 2010
Barack Obama December 1, 2010 Proclamation 8610 - National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, 2010
Barack Obama December 2, 2010 Proclamation 8611 - 40th Anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency
Barack Obama December 3, 2010 Proclamation 8612 - International Day of Persons With Disabilities, 2010
Barack Obama December 6, 2010 Proclamation 8613 - 50th Anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Barack Obama December 7, 2010 Proclamation 8614 - National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2010
Barack Obama December 7, 2010 Proclamation 8615 - National Influenza Vaccination Week, 2010
Barack Obama December 10, 2010 Proclamation 8616 - Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 2010
Barack Obama December 17, 2010 Proclamation 8617 - Wright Brothers Day, 2010
Barack Obama December 21, 2010 Proclamation 8618 - To Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, and for Other Purposes
Barack Obama December 21, 2010 Proclamation 8619 - National Mentoring Month, 2011
Barack Obama December 21, 2010 Proclamation 8620 - National Stalking Awareness Month, 2011
Barack Obama December 22, 2010 Proclamation 8621 - National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2011

Presidential proclamations do have important political and historical consequences in the development of the United States, including President Washington’s Proclamation of Neutrality in 1793 and President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

Other more recent policy-based proclamations have also made a substantial impact on economic and domestic policy, including President Clinton’s declaration of federal lands for national monuments and President Bush’s declaration of the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina as disaster areas.

Proclamations are also used, often contentiously, to grant presidential pardons, particularly important for President Ford who pardoned President Richard Nixon and President Carter draft evaders in Vietnam..

Although less significant in terms of public policy, proclamations are also used ceremonially by presidents to honor a group or situation or to call attention to certain issues or events. For instance, President George H.W. Bush issued a proclamation to honor veterans of World War II and President Reagan called attention to the health of the nation’s eyes by proclaiming a “Save Your Vision Week”.

Brandon Rottinghaus
University of Houston

References
Cooper, Phillip J. 2002. By Order of the President: The Use and Abuse of Executive Direct Action. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press.


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