December 24th, 2008
05:51 PM ET
6 years ago

White House announces 24 new appointments

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Christmas came a few hours early for two dozen White House officials and supporters Wednesday, who were appointed to three- to six-year positions on government committees and councils.

The full list released by the White House – which includes Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Karl Rove deputy Israel Hernandez – after the jump.


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Personnel Announcement

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to appoint 24 individuals to serve in his Administration.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, for terms of four years:

Carol Ann Bartz, of California;

Maria Cino, of Virginia;

Israel Hernandez, of Texas.

The President intends to appoint Jennifer E. Sims, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Public Interest Declassification Board for the remainder of a three-year term expiring 10/03/11.

The President intends to appoint Mark Sanford, of South Carolina, (Governor), to be a Member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, for the remainder of a four-year term expiring 06/10/09.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee:

Kevin R. Johnson, of Washington;

Kay Sears, of Virginia.

The President intends to appoint John M. Hart, of Maryland, to be a Member of the National Capital Planning Commission, for a six-year term beginning 01/02/09.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Commissioners of the United States Section of the United States-Russia Polar Bear Commission, for an initial term of four years:

Geoffrey L. Haskett, of Alaska, (Federal Representative);

Charles J. Johnson, of Alaska, (Alaska Representative).

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, for six-year terms expiring 10/23/14:

Sander R. Gerber, of New York, to be Vice Chair;

Charles E. Cobb, of Florida, (Public);

Carlos M. Gutierrez, of Michigan;

Barry Jackson, of Ohio.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the Federal Service Impasses Panel, for five-year terms expiring 01/10/14:

Barbara Bruin, of New Mexico;

Mark A. Carter, of West Virginia;

Grace Flores Hughes, of Virginia.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:

Nancy Goodman Brinker, of Florida, for the remainder of a six-year term expiring 09/01/14;

Condoleezza Rice, of California, for the remainder of a six-year term expiring 09/01/14;

Leonard Sands, of California, for the remainder of a six-year term expiring 09/01/13.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board:

Jean Loretta Becker, of Texas, for a three-year term expiring 09/22/11;

Gary R. Edson, of Illinois, for a three-year term 09/22/11;

Anita B. McBride, of Connecticut, for the remainder of a three-year term expiring 09/22/11;

James L. Oblinger, of North Carolina, for a three-year term expiring 09/22/11.


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Texas Teacher

    Oh, yes, I am sure that Bush plans to infiltrate as many of his team as he can so as to maintain as much control and influence as he can! I am truly appalled at the gall! Pardon me while I spit up in my mouth!

    December 24, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Martin

    We are stuck with this idiot's butt kissing friends for six more years? These people should all be forced to resign on January 1st.

    December 24, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Gisele from NY

    What the heck is this? Go away Bush.

    December 24, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Jaime H.

    Merry Christmas to his budies! ($$$$$)

    December 24, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Jim Doyle

    What?

    December 24, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. shakib

    how come he's appointing these people? isn't he's suppose to be done? that's just ridiculous!

    December 24, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    As if Bush hasn't done enough damage already!

    December 24, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  8. Objective thinking

    Bush-bashing in 3... 2... 1...

    December 24, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. ran

    This is one among many reason our political system is in such bad shape. No administration should be allowed to do this. I hope Obama will correct this kind of cronyism.

    December 24, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. rich

    Can the incoming president reverse any of these appointments?

    December 24, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. Keith T. Grey, Sr., SC

    I would love to know how long these positions languished vacant before this last minute frenzy of "spoils" distribution...

    December 24, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. I receive SSI

    This should be criminal. God I hope Obama can fire these idiots.

    December 24, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. Mike

    Awesome!!!

    December 24, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    while the country goes down the toilet..... take care of your henchmen, Bush.....

    December 24, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. Jon

    Great. Karl Rove is with us evermore. This administration is like The Thing That Wouldn't Leave.

    December 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. Andy B

    Smooth move. This is exactly what America needs. More of the same incompetence led by the Bush epic debacle. Not the end of an ERROR. Hopefully Obama can chuck these shills.

    December 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. Ted Wu

    Based on George W. Bush's record of the past eight years, which shows poor judgment and biased opinion usually detrimental to the public good, all his appointments should be annulled or at least subject to serious scrutiny for the sake of public welfare.

    December 24, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  18. Scotch

    And someone thinks this is different from "pay to play".

    December 24, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. Sue

    What is he doing? Making appointments that Obama should be making?
    The Bush legacy will haunt us for decades or longer, won't it? January 20 cannot come soon enough. Impeach this madman!

    December 24, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. landandair

    This is news to me. Didn't realize the Mr. President was still taking care of folks and certainly in this manner.

    December 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  21. Fred

    Right to the end he is trying to pay off the republicrats/evangelicrats who voted for him and help put this country in the mess it is in today. Not to worry, 2009 will be a great year for all America and the whole world.

    December 24, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. C Spurgeon

    This guy just needs to leave town wo doing anymore damage to this country...He should be listed as the worse in modern times. and I believe he will.

    December 24, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  23. Kevin, NC

    President Bush, can I get an appointment to one of those boards?

    December 24, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. Griff

    There are not that many colours.....

    December 24, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  25. donna

    The President's packing of key offices with republican obstacles is just W's way of saying #$%k the Democrats. We can hardly wait until the investigations start. Then the Democrats will do a bit of packing of their own. .

    December 24, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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