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. SC

    Bob (Illinois) December 25th, 2008 2:36 pm ET
    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.

    He is just rewarding his fellows while he can. That's all it is.

    December 25, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Rick

    Oh boy, more appointments!

    Just what we need from the guy who appointed so many genuises in the past 8 years, like "Heckuva Job, Brownie" who made such a "impact" (as in crater) in the Katrina disaster or Paul Bremer III who singlehandedly created the Iraq insurgency by firing the entire Iraq miltary.

    December 25, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Dave

    We don't need anything Bush has to offer or his ban of foolish men or women.

    December 25, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Anne

    The Federal Government is in a Continuing Resolution. All government agencies cannot spend any money and cannot conduct law enforcement activities. It happens every year and sometimes it takes until June to get our money to do our jobs to protect the United States. It is too bad the general public doesn't realize that the Federal Government cannot govern themselves in a responsible way. January 20th cannot come soon enough. Bush has made the world a much more dangerous place by his lies and inability to do the job we elected him to do. Poor Channey he cannot play president anymore. Did you really think Bush was president. HA HA

    BUSH LIED AND OUR SOLDIERS DIED.

    God Bless all the soldiers who have gone before us and for their families that can only remember them today on Christmas.

    December 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. SR

    Now thats what I call a team player...... Jerk!!!

    December 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Al Mellen

    I was under the inpresssion that the yet to be sworn in president,,,,Obama would be the one making appointments to various offices. G. Bush making these appointments at this time seems to be a waste of time,,,,,,what is the point in doing this. Perhaps Bush is not aware that he will be moving out of the white house shortly. It appears that Bush, once again is right on top of things,,,,like KATRINA, Global warming, the economy. Please George,,,,,,,move back to Texas,,,,,undoubtedly the Texans can hardly wait for you.

    December 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. CH in Maine

    I can't stand him but if the constitution says he can he can. At least he is doing the wrong thing within the framework of the constitution this time.

    Jan 20th can't come soon enough.

    Cheer up Obamaphiles the more stupid things Bush does now the better our guy will look by comparison.

    I just hope Bush is too busy making appointments and pardons to start any new wars in the next month.

    BTW maybe he could save time and resources by pardoning people and then appointing them at the same time with the same document.

    December 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Tom Reitano

    G.W.Bush is consistant if nothing else, he ALWAYS takes care of his own. ( at the expence of the rest of us ).

    December 25, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. ObamasEmptySuit

    Trying cracking a book once in while instead of playing on your My Space page...his job is to run the Administration. Not the President Elects. When the positons come open they fill them...every Administration has and will continue to do it....that's what we pay them to do.

    December 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. podo Pierre

    Bush has been a great President, but for him Saddam could have been a greater threat with Nuclear weapons than Iran who benefitted from the war in Iraq to build a silent Nuclear Armoury.
    The appointments are normal and are within the law ,otherwise he couldn't do it. The only problem is that he forgot to appoint himself on any Board. Ok yes he has to build his own library, so he could sit on the Board. Its wondeful to be a sad president, but he is not a Lame Duck President as the Americans say. What about starting another War in the Middle East before he leaves power? That will put Obama under hell with the Economy ? This guy is impredictible?Have your say?
    Pierre Podo

    December 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Love Sees All - Merry Xmas My 'Bamidable

    Merry Christmas Everyone, leave only footprints in the mud, don't build houses in sand, wash your cloths daily, garnor your health and remember our children and the rest is has been spoken for since our inception to the world. Seek Love At Every Possible Moment. Three Kings & Shepherds. Never Forget, We Love You!

    December 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Steve

    Ah, excuse me, but haven't we been bouncing back and forth with Circus Animals leading this country? (Elephants and Donkeys)
    And the "Change" was/is where?
    Insanity is doing the same thing, and expecting different results.
    No doubt, the sad saga will continue.
    Stay tuned for the second half of the Recession/Depression Round II.

    December 25, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. SC

    I don't know how Bush can even ignore the fact that the majority of Americans hates him so much, and still continue on as the president. If I were him, I would definitely go hide my face under a desk.

    December 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Bill Holman

    These appear to be thoughtful appointments of a wide variety of individuals to extended advisory positions.
    Many commentators here seem to be disappointed in the Iraq occupation and the downturn in the economy. In my opinion the occupation of Iraq has been very positive. The prospect of a free democracy in the mideast is a worthy goal. It is time for the Iraq people to fully embrace their new political fortune. Iraq can show the rest of the mideastern countries that it can be a responsible neighbor, that it can attract its skilled and professional population to return home, and that it can use its wealth for good purpose.
    The US economy and capitalist system has many ups and downs regardless of political leadership. Fortunes can be made both when an economy is building and when an economy falls. As most of the polls have shown the American people have instinctivly agreed that it is best to let companies and institutions fail in order for the economy to grow back to health faster. It is unfortunate that our political leaders have felt the need to try to insulate us from harm with a variety of bailouts. But that is the course we are on and we have to make the best of it. – Best Wishes and Merry Christmas!

    December 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. Mary Patricia A. Letcher

    It is the sick hubris of this entity which impels him to continue seeding our government with his fetid array of minions. God rule the day when we shall finally be rid of his detritus.

    December 25, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Tylenol 666

    Our Tax Money Takers?! and adding Karl Rove in it too!!!! You have made Satan look like hello Kitty!!!!

    December 25, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. Obama Loser

    Don't worry I'm sure it will all get better once the Obama/Biden abortion machine gets in office. They can make genocide more available and legal and YOU get to help pay for it with your tax dollars. But since they are dumocrats it will be accepted by the sheep on the left...

    December 25, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Morris Field

    In response to fourth generation officer. You need to learn history. It's way too late to acquire common sense for you. However, you're certainly not the brightest, your comments, grammar, and spelling confirm that.

    December 25, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Dwayne

    1/ 20/09 can't get here fast enough, please for America's sake hurry up 1/20/09.

    December 25, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. Barbara

    It's going to take years to get Bush's scum out of Washington. God help us that he doesn't do anything too rash before Jan. 20th.

    December 25, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Retired Military Officer and Small Business Owner

    I find it interesting that most of the comments posted here are by people who love to bash our current president. I wonder what you will all do when the new president is in office and things don't go smoothly. Probably blame the former president and continue to collect your unemployment. How about we all as a nation, step up and quit blaming a single person and look at our congress, our governors, our mayors and even ourselves. We need to all work hard and live within our means vs. looking for a get rich schemes. living in houses we can't afford, and not taking personal responsibility for our actions. Lets work hard, have faith, and GOD Bless the USA!

    December 25, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Trollmaster

    4th Generation Officer: The only difference between you and Al Quida is, at least Al Quida knows what they're doing is destroying America, unlike your utterly pathetic support of a failed destructive president.

    And anyone that blames Clinton for 9/11 is really admitting that Bush is incapable of defending America under his watch.

    I'm going to enjoy seeing your GOP kind being voted out of existence in the years to come.

    December 25, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. J R French

    What concerns me is how much damage can be done in 20 days by the appointment of loyal friends can do in such committees, boards and councils as the Committee of Foreign Policy for Trade and Negotiations; Advisory Council of Historical Preservation; National Security Telecommunications Commission; and so on.

    December 25, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Jay Jones

    Stop blaming Bush for eveything! Everyone knew what he was before he stole the election! It is the PEOPLE THAT VOTED FOR BUSH THAT IS AT FAULT FOR ALL THE PAIN AND SUFFERING THAT IS TAKING PLACE. If YOU voted for Bush, look in the mirror and say " Im the blame, I am a total clown and misfit and should be publicly shamed"

    December 25, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. CW

    For all you Bush haters, I can't wait for Obama's ninth month in office. Let's see how he does after he has walked a few miles in the President's shoes. Sadly, I suspect we will be hit with another attack on the U.S. and who will get the blame for it? For all Obama's promises, he had better deliver or the Bush haters will turn into Obama haters just because it seems thats all they know how to behave. Really sad...

    December 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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