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. D.C.

    Good grief, people, you're making it sound like he's appointing supreme court justices and cabinet positions with days left in his term. These positions are hardly important in the grand scheme of governing. It's just a way for him to thank the people that worked for him, nothing more. Quit drinking the haterade, your time is coming.

    December 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Chip Evans

    America does not approve of George Bush. We think him unworthy of the office, something he has proven over eight years. Many wish he were impeached. Some criminally prosecuted. Most simply want him to go away quietly. That is why the idea that this guy is still making decisions and appointments that will last beyond his term leaves most of us feeling abused and at the mercy of an idiot.

    December 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Brad

    Have any of you actually read the list of appointees? Most of the 'appointments' are fairly meaningless. For example, Condoleezza Rice isn't being appointed to be Secretary of State again – she's going to be on the Board of Trustees for a theatre. That's not exactly a position of power.

    Yes, some of those appointments might have some slight influence over matters of policy, but let's face it: most of those mean nothing in the grand scheme of things.

    December 25, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Terry

    I believe President Bush is still President. Yes... I just checked... he is. He's kept this country safe for over 5 years, despite the roll-over liberal's wish for the contrary. President Bush, you appoint as mahy people as you wish, just your low-life predecessor did in the autumn of his administration. The difference is, Mr President, is that these people are probably all honorable people. I hope to run cross paths with you some day in a store, so I can tell you just how grateful I am for your dogged determination to keep American safe and not to cowtow to the gutless bleeding-hearts here and around the world. I wish you hadnt teamed up with the free-spenders, but thats a seperate issue that at least we are free to have.

    December 25, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. One vote

    Every time a President is phasing out we go through the same out-cry. In my opinion the out-cry is rightful in that it is unbelievable to me that in this country for some strange reason for this short moment a politician is given the same powers at that of a monarch. It makes no sense to me what-so-ever, appointments of friends and advisers to on-going positions, pardons and last-minute declarations circumnavigating every other check and balance in our system. I mean, what is a 'pardon' ? A Oh! moment of "the law was just wrong on this one!!

    However little I approve of President Bush, these procedures have nothing to do with him. It has to do with parts of our political procedures that belong in the past (if they ever belonged anywhere in our society at all).

    Anyway, let's get rid of them! Does anyone out there care for these presidential opportunities to exercise extreme powers?

    December 25, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Dave in NYC

    What a Bastard!

    December 25, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. dan bubb

    It is too bad the shoe did not hit him. Al Zaidi (my apologies if I misspelled his name) is infinitely wiser than George the Inferior. It is sad when one who speaks the truth is tortured while in custody, when one who ruins and loots two countries is allowed to go free, write a book, and ensure his failed policies continue to be carried out by appointing his minions. Sad indeed.

    December 25, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Irritated in Fl

    Helloooooo....PRESIDENT Bush has the power to do his JOB until Jan 20th. You may not like him but you should still respect his position and title until it is OVER. This is America, not Africa. We have a listory of respect and decor for our leaders.

    December 25, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Bush Supporter

    I beg to differ with the American sourpusses.

    Mr. Bush kept us safe post 911 attacks. Engaged and defeated Al Qaeda in Iraq and Afganistan. Iraq today is more stable than recorded in modern history. Iran, and South Korea once a credible threat, now stand silent.

    Domestically, he governed over the greatest economy globally. Home ownership and creation of new jobs sky rocketed. Prices remained stable, i.e. I filled up my gas tank yesterday for $1.42/ gallon. Experienced as a leader some of greatest man made, and natural disasters to include 911, numerous CA wildfires, drought, Katrina, and post the hurricane, headed some of the largest efforts in history to restore not just a city, but the entire gulf coast.

    Despite all of this – you turn a blind eye and instead and at the time of any adversity to your cushy lifestyle, pursue those greedy wicked politicians (Frank, Dodd, Rangel, Pelosi, Reid), who have raided the taxpayer coffers,and who now pretend to stand as those who would save this great nation. Good news, your messiah has come!

    December 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Joe O.

    How does compare to Clinton's appointments? You don't mention that. Try to be a little fair.

    December 25, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Andrew K

    Is everybody here daft? Every President in history does this? As one writer mentions below: some of you ought to brush up on both your history and civics!

    I am no fan of this man, but the sheer ignorance of these Bush haters make the rest of us Obama supporters look like a bunch of uneducated morons.

    I'd say that 95% of these commenters apparently are even more imbecilic than the current Commander in Chief... and that's saying something!

    December 25, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Baby Ray Ray

    All you claiming Bush is the worst president should not fear. give Obama a chance. In four years we will probably be missing the Bush years.

    December 25, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Spin

    Thank you President Bush for appointing these wonderful and talented people to these positions. Your leadership and commitment to freedom is appreciated by those of us that understand the challenges you faced during your term. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    December 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. Joe O.

    At least you could compare Bush's appointments to Clinton's as a comparison so people would be able to make their own conlucions on what is traditional for out going presidents.
    Try to be a little fair, it is Christmas.

    December 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. Art Fern

    Just go away, George, JUST GO AWAY!!

    December 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. Marty

    RE: Bush and Cheney should be in prison for all they have done to this country and the world. Bush has no business appointing anybody to anything.

    Bush and Cheney should be court marshaled just like our military men and women have been why are these criminals any different, these two criminals were the ring leaders behind the war that should have never happened. They created 9/11 to hide the truth of war, all in the best interest of their personal GREED. The 9/11 deal is the biggest lie ever told to the American public and here we sit with our hands in our pockets doing nothing. The bush family has made all Americans look like fools as they are.

    December 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. js

    Here in Canada (that's North of you guys haha) the same things happen all the time. You need to keep it in perspective and see that if your man was in power and appointing his friends in the same situation you'd think it was great. I hope you all protest as loudly in some years when Obama does the same.
    Merry Christmas!

    December 25, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Vasilie

    How many more surprises up his sleave ? !

    ...... or , did he do America a favour by bringing everyone together and
    ' salvaging ' the Consitution which was being destroyed by the
    of the Oklahoma Bomber and the Militia's ?

    My initial nausea on G.W. B.'s election has gone through considerable introspection and at times comes up with the thought that , perhaps , he took on ' all the sins ' to which the society was beginning to degrade ? ! ..... a bit of food for thought !

    December 25, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. bettyc, Havre de Grace, MD

    It makes no difference to me what Clinton did as far as justifying liar Bush. Neither was a credit to the office. I do care that Bushie is doing everything he can to continue his fraud on the taxpayers well past his administration. What I want to know is when there will be indictments of Bush,, Cheney;, Rumsfeld , Wolfowitz, et al. Crimes should be punished, regardless of who or what the involvement. And while we are at it, G.H.W. was no angel.

    December 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Kevin C

    All of these comments are such a refreshing display of goodwill on this Christmas Day. Everything GWB does is a crime against humanity
    to most of you. I'm betting many of you would also be the first to decry
    "hate speech" when someone stated a position opposed to yours.
    Lets see if CNN lets this comment go through.

    December 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Anonymous - Texas

    Bush was not a bad President if you consider the recession Clinton left us in, the war that got dropped in his lap 9 months into his presidency. You people think we've had it bad the last 8 years? The liberal left is gonna screw up so much stuff now that our country is getting back on its feet.

    Unemployment is going to remain high because of the liberal left's handouts on welfare, and Obama's socialist views will cause so much unrest in the american people its not even funny.

    His presidency is going to lead to the racial divide of this country, you watch and see.

    My solution, anyone in my office that supported Obama that I know about...........is the first to lose their job if I have to make job cuts.........

    Sounds fair to me.

    December 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Steve R

    these knucleheads who keep bringing up Obama's birth certificate are certifiable..there is no way federal matching funds would have been allocated without vetting his birth, and once done it is irrevocable. stop working this angle and go back to Ayers, we've almost forgotten about him..LOSERS

    December 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. Fred

    OK, I'm Jewish. What are the rest of you losers using as an excuse to be ranting about political nonsense on Christmas Day? Have some turkey or something – you can rant tomorrow.

    December 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. anon

    Add this as another reason for the president-elect in any year be sworn in the day after the election!!!

    December 25, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Dr Freud

    The Kennedy Center Board pays nothing, nada – you Bush-haters are all psycho

    December 25, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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