December 25th, 2008
01:38 PM ET
5 years ago

Bush announces new appointments for 24 aides and supporters

 Bush announced new appointments for two dozen aides and supporters Christmas Eve.
Bush announced new appointments for two dozen aides and supporters Christmas Eve.

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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  1. windfall

    Bush has become so completely irrelevant.

    and i'm lovin' it.

    December 25, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. HatesWhatPalinSays

    CAN THIS LAME DUCK, DO THIS?

    December 25, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. TERESA GERJEVIC

    A desperate attempt to keep up the control of making bad policies for our country. Sad and frightening.

    December 25, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. kiz

    why...because he hasn't caused enough damage?

    December 25, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Billy D Providence, RI

    This is where there is waste and fat in our Government. You might think that idiot Bush would not add more fat to our bloated Government, but after 8 years and the economy in ruins, the deficit at historic highs he decides to make it even worse! Obama should immediately act to fire these people and do away with these wasteful positions. One last thing...I hope Bush chokes on his food for New Years day!

    December 25, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Darrell Burks

    Why? He is leaving, This does not seam right

    December 25, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Marvin Hunter

    George W. Bush hasn't done anything good for our country in the past 8 years. What's the big deal about these appointments?

    December 25, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. Dee Goldsmith

    These kinds of appointments should be outlawed! It is a disgrace that a President has the power to 'reward' his people even though this presidents policies were flawed. It would seem to me that these peoples policies would be flawed also..so can we look forward to less than admirable policies for these organizations? I truly believe that the new president should be in office no later than 3 weeks after the election...this would help to elminate pardons and appointments.
    How bout Obama working on that issue also?

    December 25, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. david

    hoping obama can overturn these political hack appointments. they all should be subject to dismissal. bush knows no shame. these appointees have all prospered under or in the bush administraion and to reward them further is just so wrong. but it is typical bush.

    December 25, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Joman

    Stop already!

    Isn't it enough to have left this country on a dump heap than to appoint more stewards of your failed policies and despicable ideology?

    Its the epitome of hypocrisy that the man who is supposed to represent the highest moral values of our country continues to exhibit the lowest ones.

    26 days, 1hour and 20 seconds left to go. But who's counting..?

    December 25, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Anonymous

    This is just not right. Is Bush trying to cram these committees with his supporters so Obama's administration will be weaker? If so...

    December 25, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Jed

    Gotta love how sleazy our system of government is. Reward those that have failed. No wonder our country is in the toilet.

    December 25, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Jeanne Bean

    I don't understand this at all. What is the purpose of doing this when Bush will be gone. Does Obama have to keep them. Perhaps Bush is not as lame (lame duck) as we thought?

    December 25, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Jeff From Jersey

    All of whom will be tossed overboard as soon as "Captain Idiot" gives up the bridge on the "Good Ship Lunacy" and an intelligent human being takes over in January!

    THE END CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH!

    ANYONE OUT THERE UP FOR A GOOD OLD-FASHIONED TEXAS "SHOE THROWING CONTEST" TO SEE HIM OFF?

    I'll bet there are a few BILLION people out there that would just LOVE to slap this fool upside the head!

    December 25, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. chuck

    THIS MORON IS STILL TRYING TO MESS THINGS UP. GEORGE BUSH SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON GETTING ALL THE DRUGS SAFELY OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE WITHOUT BEING CAUGHT.

    December 25, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Terry Gloege (Kansas)

    So what else is new. You're doin a heck of a job GW.

    December 25, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Ray Fisher

    This man is a sadist determined to throw everything he can at President Obama as an obstacle because if Obama succeeds, Georgie will truly look like dog stuff!!! He has cared only for himself and his buddies from day one regardless of the affect upon our nation. Benedict Arnold has lost his place as America's greatest traitor to Georgie "I sold America" Bush!!!

    December 25, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Wait what

    How is this remotely legal? He gets to keep his cronies around even after we told him and his party to GTFO?

    Something here just feels like a backhand to the American people. Kind of a middle finger for not letting him do whatever he wants and us just smiling like good little texans.

    December 25, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Seattle Sue

    Are these going away presents?

    December 25, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. virginia feld

    He is Looney !

    December 25, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. daniel winters

    Nice that W has handed out some nice stocking stuffers this year. Hard to believe he had time to shop, what with all the time spent doling about $750,000,000,000 to the banking industry, packing for the move back to Texas, locating a good ghost writer for his book deal, etc.
    This is a drop in the bucket of warm tobacco spit mixed with pork which the federal government is currently using to feed the banking/financial elite, but it is still just as immoral and amoral.
    How much will Condi be paid to sit on the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and how much time will she spend performing those duties? We have about as much chance of finding that out as of receiving an accounting from the bailout banks of what they did with the billions they received. Merry Christmas indeed!!

    December 25, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Steve

    Cronies.

    December 25, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. 1fender

    Glad to to he is creating jobs for someone. No if any of us common folk could get an appointment to a 4 or six year term to tide us through the Bush depression we would all be set to ride it out.

    I wonder what these positions pay?

    December 25, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. KAT

    great for those that served the country well...a job well deserved!

    December 25, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Robert in Colorado

    Let's face it, if the Worst President of the United States is doing it, it can't be good. At least the Obama team has a convenient list to work through to remove all these appointees at the earliest opportunity. Will the Bush Disaster ever end?

    December 25, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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