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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 9, 2011 Proclamation 8622 - Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Tucson, Arizona
Barack Obama January 14, 2011 Proclamation 8623 - Religious Freedom Day, 2011
Barack Obama January 14, 2011 Proclamation 8624 - Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2011
Barack Obama January 31, 2011 Proclamation 8625 - American Heart Month, 2011
Barack Obama January 31, 2011 Proclamation 8626 - National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, 2011
Barack Obama February 1, 2011 Proclamation 8627 - National African American History Month, 2011
Barack Obama February 28, 2011 Proclamation 8628 - American Red Cross Month, 2011
Barack Obama February 28, 2011 Proclamation 8629 - Irish-American Heritage Month, 2011
Barack Obama February 28, 2011 Proclamation 8630 - Women's History Month, 2011
Barack Obama February 28, 2011 Proclamation 8631 - 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps
Barack Obama February 28, 2011 Proclamation 8632 - Death of Army Corporal Frank W. Buckles, the Last Surviving American Veteran of World War I
Barack Obama March 1, 2011 Proclamation 8633 - Read Across America Day, 2011
Barack Obama March 4, 2011 Proclamation 8634 - National Consumer Protection Week, 2011
Barack Obama March 4, 2011 Proclamation 8635 - Save Your Vision Week, 2011
Barack Obama March 4, 2011 Proclamation 8636 - 150th Anniversary of the Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln
Barack Obama March 16, 2011 Proclamation 8637 - 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy, 2011
Barack Obama March 18, 2011 Proclamation 8638 - National Poison Prevention Week, 2011
Barack Obama March 24, 2011 Proclamation 8639 - 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Barack Obama March 24, 2011 Proclamation 8640 - Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy, 2011
Barack Obama March 30, 2011 Proclamation 8641 - Cesar Chavez Day, 2011
Barack Obama March 31, 2011 Proclamation 8642 - National Donate Life Month, 2011
Barack Obama March 31, 2011 Proclamation 8643 - National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, 2011
Barack Obama March 31, 2011 Proclamation 8644 - National Cancer Control Month, 2011
Barack Obama March 31, 2011 Proclamation 8645 - National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2011
Barack Obama March 31, 2011 Proclamation 8646 - National Financial Literacy Month, 2011
Barack Obama April 1, 2011 Proclamation 8647 - World Autism Awareness Day, 2011
Barack Obama April 6, 2011 Proclamation 8648 - National D.A.R.E. Day, 2011
Barack Obama April 7, 2011 Proclamation 8649 - National Volunteer Week, 2011
Barack Obama April 8, 2011 Proclamation 8650 - National Crime Victims' Rights Week, 2011
Barack Obama April 8, 2011 Proclamation 8651 - Pan American Day and Pan American Week, 2011
Barack Obama April 8, 2011 Proclamation 8652 - National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, 2011
Barack Obama April 11, 2011 Proclamation 8653 - National Equal Pay Day, 2011
Barack Obama April 12, 2011 Proclamation 8654 - Civil War Sesquicentennial
Barack Obama April 14, 2011 Proclamation 8655 - Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A., 2011
Barack Obama April 15, 2011 Proclamation 8656 - National Park Week, 2011
Barack Obama April 22, 2011 Proclamation 8657 - Earth Day, 2011
Barack Obama April 27, 2011 Proclamation 8658 - Workers Memorial Day, 2011
Barack Obama April 29, 2011 Proclamation 8659 - Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2011
Barack Obama April 29, 2011 Proclamation 8660 - Jewish American Heritage Month, 2011
Barack Obama April 29, 2011 Proclamation 8661 - National Foster Care Month, 2011
Barack Obama April 29, 2011 Proclamation 8662 - National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, 2011
Barack Obama April 29, 2011 Proclamation 8663 - Older Americans Month, 2011
Barack Obama April 29, 2011 Proclamation 8664 - National Charter Schools Week, 2011
Barack Obama April 29, 2011 Proclamation 8665 - Law Day, U.S.A., 2011
Barack Obama April 29, 2011 Proclamation 8666 - Loyalty Day, 2011
Barack Obama April 29, 2011 Proclamation 8667 - National Day of Prayer, 2011
Barack Obama May 3, 2011 Proclamation 8668 - 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides
Barack Obama May 5, 2011 Proclamation 8669 - Military Spouse Appreciation Day, 2011
Barack Obama May 6, 2011 Proclamation 8670 - National Women's Health Week, 2011
Barack Obama May 6, 2011 Proclamation 8671 - Mother's Day, 2011
Barack Obama May 9, 2011 Proclamation 8672 - National Building Safety Month, 2011
Barack Obama May 12, 2011 Proclamation 8673 - Small Business Week, 2011
Barack Obama May 13, 2011 Proclamation 8674 - Emergency Medical Services Week, 2011
Barack Obama May 13, 2011 Proclamation 8675 - National Defense Transportation Day and National Transportation Week, 2011
Barack Obama May 13, 2011 Proclamation 8676 - Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, 2011
Barack Obama May 13, 2011 Proclamation 8677 - World Trade Week, 2011
Barack Obama May 18, 2011 Proclamation 8678 - National Maritime Day, 2011
Barack Obama May 20, 2011 Proclamation 8679 - National Hurricane Preparedness Week, 2011
Barack Obama May 20, 2011 Proclamation 8680 - National Safe Boating Week, 2011
Barack Obama May 20, 2011 Proclamation 8681 - Armed Forces Day, 2011
Barack Obama May 23, 2011 Proclamation 8682 - To Modify the Rules of Origin for the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, and For Other Purposes
Barack Obama May 27, 2011 Proclamation 8683 - Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2011
Barack Obama May 31, 2011 Proclamation 8684 - African-American Music Appreciation Month, 2011
Barack Obama May 31, 2011 Proclamation 8685 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2011
Barack Obama May 31, 2011 Proclamation 8686 - National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, 2011
Barack Obama May 31, 2011 Proclamation 8687 - Great Outdoors Month, 2011
Barack Obama June 2, 2011 Proclamation 8688 - National Oceans Month, 2011
Barack Obama June 10, 2011 Proclamation 8689 - Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2011
Barack Obama June 17, 2011 Proclamation 8690 - Father's Day, 2011
Barack Obama July 1, 2011 Proclamation 8691 - 40th Anniversary of the 26th Amendment
Barack Obama July 15, 2011 Proclamation 8692 - Captive Nations Week, 2011
Barack Obama July 24, 2011 Proclamation 8693 - Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions
Barack Obama July 25, 2011 Proclamation 8694 - Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, 2011
Barack Obama July 26, 2011 Proclamation 8695 - National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, 2011
Barack Obama July 27, 2011 Proclamation 8696 - World Hepatitis Day, 2011
Barack Obama August 4, 2011 Proclamation 8697 - Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Participate in Serious Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Violations and Other Abuses
Barack Obama August 5, 2011 Proclamation 8698 - National Health Center Week, 2011
Barack Obama August 25, 2011 Proclamation 8699 - Women's Equality Day, 2011
Barack Obama August 31, 2011 Proclamation 8700 - National Preparedness Month, 2011
Barack Obama August 31, 2011 Proclamation 8701 - National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, 2011
Barack Obama August 31, 2011 Proclamation 8702 - National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, 2011
Barack Obama September 1, 2011 Proclamation 8703 - National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, 2011
Barack Obama September 1, 2011 Proclamation 8704 - National Wilderness Month, 2011
Barack Obama September 1, 2011 Proclamation 8705 - National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, 2011
Barack Obama September 1, 2011 Proclamation 8706 - National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, 2011
Barack Obama September 2, 2011 Proclamation 8707 - Labor Day, 2011
Barack Obama September 9, 2011 Proclamation 8708 - National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, 2011
Barack Obama September 9, 2011 Proclamation 8709 - National Grandparents Day, 2011
Barack Obama September 9, 2011 Proclamation 8710 - Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, 2011
Barack Obama September 12, 2011 Proclamation 8711 - National Health Information Technology Week, 2011
Barack Obama September 15, 2011 Proclamation 8712 - National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2011
Barack Obama September 15, 2011 Proclamation 8713 - National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2011
Barack Obama September 16, 2011 Proclamation 8714 - Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, Constitution Week, 2011
Barack Obama September 16, 2011 Proclamation 8715 - National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week, 2011
Barack Obama September 16, 2011 Proclamation 8716 - National Farm Safety and Health Week, 2011
Barack Obama September 16, 2011 Proclamation 8717 - National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, 2011
Barack Obama September 21, 2011 Proclamation 8718 - National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, 2011
Barack Obama September 22, 2011 Proclamation 8719 - National Public Lands Day, 2011
Barack Obama September 23, 2011 Proclamation 8720 - National Hunting and Fishing Day, 2011
Barack Obama September 23, 2011 Proclamation 8721 - Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2011
Barack Obama September 23, 2011 Proclamation 8722 - Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day, 2011
Barack Obama October 3, 2011 Proclamation 8723 - National Arts and Humanities Month, 2011
Barack Obama October 3, 2011 Proclamation 8724 - National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 2011
Barack Obama October 3, 2011 Proclamation 8725 - National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2011
Barack Obama October 3, 2011 Proclamation 8726 - National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2011
Barack Obama October 3, 2011 Proclamation 8727 - National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 2011
Barack Obama October 3, 2011 Proclamation 8728 - National Substance Abuse Preservation Month, 2011
Barack Obama October 3, 2011 Proclamation 8729 - Child Health Day, 2011
Barack Obama October 6, 2011 Proclamation 8730 - National Energy Action Month, 2011
Barack Obama October 6, 2011 Proclamation 8731 - German-American Day, 2011
Barack Obama October 7, 2011 Proclamation 8732 - Fire Prevention Week, 2011
Barack Obama October 7, 2011 Proclamation 8733 - National School Lunch Week, 2011
Barack Obama October 7, 2011 Proclamation 8734 - Leif Erikson Day, 2011
Barack Obama October 7, 2011 Proclamation 8735 - Columbus Day, 2011
Barack Obama October 11, 2011 Proclamation 8736 - General Pulaski Memorial Day, 2011
Barack Obama October 14, 2011 Proclamation 8737 - National Character Counts Week, 2011
Barack Obama October 14, 2011 Proclamation 8738 - National Forest Products Week, 2011
Barack Obama October 14, 2011 Proclamation 8739 - Blind Americans Equality Day, 2011
Barack Obama October 24, 2011 Proclamation 8740 - United Nations Day, 2011
Barack Obama October 25, 2011 Proclamation 8741 - To Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act
Barack Obama October 31, 2011 Proclamation 8742 - To Modify the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
Barack Obama November 1, 2011 Proclamation 8743 - Military Family Month, 2011
Barack Obama November 1, 2011 Proclamation 8744 - National Adoption Month, 2011
Barack Obama November 1, 2011 Proclamation 8745 - National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, 2011
Barack Obama November 1, 2011 Proclamation 8746 - National Diabetes Month, 2011
Barack Obama November 1, 2011 Proclamation 8747 - National Entrepreneurship Month, 2011
Barack Obama November 1, 2011 Proclamation 8748 - National Family Caregivers Month, 2011
Barack Obama November 1, 2011 Proclamation 8749 - National Native American Heritage Month, 2011
Barack Obama November 1, 2011 Proclamation 8750 - Establishment of the Fort Monroe National Monument
Barack Obama November 3, 2011 Proclamation 8751 - Veterans Day, 2011
Barack Obama November 8, 2011 Proclamation 8752 - World Freedom Day, 2011
Barack Obama November 14, 2011 Proclamation 8753 - American Education Week, 2011
Barack Obama November 15, 2011 Proclamation 8754 - America Recycles Day, 2011
Barack Obama November 16, 2011 Proclamation 8755 - Thanksgiving Day, 2011
Barack Obama November 18, 2011 Proclamation 8756 - National Family Week, 2011
Barack Obama November 18, 2011 Proclamation 8757 - National Farm-City Week, 2011
Barack Obama November 18, 2011 Proclamation 8758 - National Child's Day, 2011
Barack Obama November 21, 2011 Proclamation 8759 - 50th Anniversary of the United States Agency for International Development
Barack Obama November 30, 2011 Proclamation 8760 - Critical Infrastructure Protection Month, 2011
Barack Obama November 30, 2011 Proclamation 8761 - National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, 2011
Barack Obama November 30, 2011 Proclamation 8762 - World AIDS Day, 2011
Barack Obama December 2, 2011 Proclamation 8763 - International Day of Persons With Disabilities, 2011
Barack Obama December 6, 2011 Proclamation 8764 - National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2011
Barack Obama December 8, 2011 Proclamation 8765 - Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week, 2011
Barack Obama December 8, 2011 Proclamation 8766 - Bill of Rights Day, 2011
Barack Obama December 15, 2011 Proclamation 8767 - Wright Brothers Day, 2011
Barack Obama December 28, 2011 Proclamation 8768 - National Mentoring Month, 2012
Barack Obama December 28, 2011 Proclamation 8769 - National Stalking Awareness Month, 2012
Barack Obama December 29, 2011 Proclamation 8770 - To Modify Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized System of Preferences and for Other Purposes
Barack Obama December 29, 2011 Proclamation 8771 - To Modify the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and for Other Purposes
Barack Obama December 30, 2011 Proclamation 8772 - National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2012

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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