December 25th, 2008
01:38 PM ET
6 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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soundoff (533 Responses)
  1. SC

    What are you doing, George? We know you are capable of making plenty of mistakes up to the very end of your presidency, for instance, the recent withdrawal of a pardon. So, don't bother. Go play with Barney!

    December 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Bob (Illinois)

    Some of these appointments are insulting! What business does Bush have appointing "Members of the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee" when he will leave office on January 20?

    The man is, and always has been, a jerk.

    December 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Yankee Fan

    George "Dubya" was the worst president this country has ever seen. Obama, God bless him, is being left with an enormous sh!t pile to clean up. I hope he and his team have the wear-with-all to deal with it.

    History will judge Bu$h, it won't be kindly.

    December 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. bobbythegreek

    Flib – Even though this president will be remembered as the worst we ever had, you still defend him with inane arguments. You are proff why inbreeding is illegal.

    December 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Kenneth

    We just have to face the fact that there are conservative morons out there who will continue to drink the Bush Kool-aide until the day they die. Facts will not sway them. Reason will not cool their rhetoric. Reality has no place in their lives. We can't shoot them, and we ignore them at our peril, as they last eight years have shown. Teach your children to be open minded and honest, I think this generation of voters has pretty much done all of the damage it can.

    December 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Efrain

    Did anyone really think he would go away quietly. This is just another way that he found to give the American people the finger. This guy is like that relative we all have, who comes for the holidays and then doesn't want to leave. He is the gift that keeps taking.

    December 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Christina

    Nobody freakin' cares!!!

    December 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Big Ed

    Hey Matt,

    Let's say "W" inherited the begining of a recession when he first took office. Who are you going to blame this collapse on? George Washington? "W" needs to become a man and take responsibility for his numnerous mistakes, slips in judgment, lies, broken promises and trashing of the Constitution. If "W" were a Democrat, you would be blaming lost dogs on them. Do your own thinking. Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter should not be doing your thinking for you.

    December 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Bush by getting installed president achieved something he couldn' achieve on his own – a pension!!!

    Same for Condi Rice who disdains the very Affirmative Action that got her the Provost chair at Stanford without the usual vetting or tenure requirements!!!

    President-elect Obama – first order of business is prosecution of the entire Bush Cabal, especially the PNAC crowd for crimes against the World and America!!!

    December 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Ivan

    The last gasp of a lame 'duck'! He is the most pathetic twit to ever represent America and Americans.
    On to a bigger and better future with the man who looks, talks and acts like one. Mr Barack Obama, President Elect of the garand old, USA!

    December 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Slash

    When will this torturing murderer be thrown behind bars?

    Christmas would be the perfect time to do it. Peace on earth can't begin until the world's most powerful warmonger pays for his crimes.

    December 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. T in NC

    He should appoint some nice jailers, thats who he'll be spending the rest of his life with.

    December 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. clifford

    Sometimes I really wonder if this guy is really as dumb as some people claim him to be???

    December 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. recovered Republican

    Bush and Cheney should have been impeached long ago for violating Constitutional limits on executive power. Good riddance to the lot of them! Bush will surely be remembered as one of the worst, and stupidest, Presidents in history, who has done immeasurable damage to the standing of our country in the world. As a 3rd generation military officer and fiscally conservative former Republican, I had hopes for his administration. I have never been more wrong.

    December 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Mike

    I wish the next 26 days could elapse in 26 seconds.

    December 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. K.C

    Merry Christmas everybody!
    The best gift for our beautiful U.S.A. is the end of the Bush Administration.

    We can begin again to restore America's reputation as the great, good and generous nation that it is.

    I hope we have learned that it is an enormous mistake to put a person with a terrible intellectual defect in the office of the President. May we never do it again!

    GOD BLESS US ALL!

    December 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. Ivan

    For Danny Spirit....You're obviously another brainwashed fundamentalist with a view as wide as an ants rectum.

    December 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Jessie Tillman

    Give it up people! Trying to explain the situation to those Idiots that kept a MORON like George Bush and his minions in power for 8 of the worst and most shameful years in our history is like trying to teach your pet turtle to read. They opperate out of a different dimension altogether!

    December 25, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Mike in CA

    Anonymous in TX-–

    Your last sentence " I think this guy should be taken behind the barn and shot" referring to Obama. WOW!!!!! Let me guess you are a Christian conservative? Sure sounds like it. I hope all the bigots who keep posting horrible and evil things like this remember that Bush created the Patriot Act, and I hope to GOD that President Obama uses all the invasive tools to track you dowm through your IP addresses and puts you in jail for the rest of your lives for threats and treason, that would be AMAZING. ..

    December 25, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. clifford

    Sarah Northern Colorado: Have you ever considered useing that gray matter inbetween your ears for something other than far.ting?? We were in a recession at the end of the Clinton administration because of the three huge tax increases he put on us with his 41% federal tax rate which eventually stopped businesses from hiring!! Dam.n do some research would you??

    December 25, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Dave

    Good Riddence to our Fa King Dictator!!!

    December 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Allen The Bush Wacker

    It is going to take we the people to make sure that Bush and Cheney are punished for all of the distruction that they have done to this country. The outcry must be loud and nonstop as to the fact that these two have committed crimes against humanity and must face a trial in The Hague,Holland or and other place that will make them answer for their actions.

    December 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Don

    This man is completely insane. His whole reich has been about the rich and him buddies. Obama cannot get into office soon enough to stop this idiot!!!!!!!!!!

    December 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. clifford

    Somebody please tell me were are all these war crimes charges against Bush and Cheney!! It isn't going to happen so live with it!!What happened to those Articles of Impeachment that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid put together just before the midterm elections of two years ago to con you into voting Democratic?? And you fell for it remember?? Some of you are so full of cra.p it's unbelievable!!

    December 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Dave

    Love the anti- Bush comments section on CNN – Merry Christmas!

    It's shows left wing nuts are the most idiotic fools in the US, and CNN is part of the DNC.

    December 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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