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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  1. Down & Out in Indiana

    Appointments and Bailouts and I'm struggling to pay my mortgage.

    December 25, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. rav

    Eight years of wreckage doesn't seem to be enough for this subhuman. He now has to squeeze in, every last bit of damage he can. He won't go away and we'll not be rid of him on 1/20/09 - his "legacy" will continue to sour the earth for decades.

    December 25, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Tatian Greenleaf

    It's hard to tell if these positions are particularly powerful, but nevertheless, it seems like a disrespectful move to appoint 24 people to new 3-6 year positions only weeks before the new president (elect) begins.

    Kind of like letting Karl Rove keep a post office box at the White House.

    December 25, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Collea-Devi

    This maniac needs to be impeached before he can do more harm and then indicted, charged, convicted and punished for ALL his crimes. He AND all his administration. – NOW

    cd

    December 25, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. John Drew

    He just won't go away, will he?

    December 25, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Anonymous

    I didn't see what he did with Rove.....Maybe appointed him the FAIRY Duster?

    December 25, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Mark

    This is more crap from Bush that will need to be undone as soon as he is finally out of office. He's just doing political favors for those who helped him and lied for him.

    December 25, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Arkansas4Obama

    Why the HELL is BUSH Still appointing ANYONE?!?!?!?

    This is NOW the OBAMA Admin., Georgie!!!

    LET IT GO!!!!

    Put this Criminal in Jail!!!!

    December 25, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. rwp

    The NIGHTMARE is almost over. Looking forward to the words ex-president george w bush

    December 25, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Besscannon

    Does this mean Obama will have no control over these appointments after he is in office? Or...are these just people that will serve Bush wherever he ends up? Or... is this just another instance of Bush's arrogance?

    December 25, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. proudliberal-independent feller

    he should have waited and let a real president appoint them.....,

    December 25, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Jeff

    What a jerk. At a time when our country needs bipartisanship from its leaders and an end to pork barrel, self-interest politics, this imbecile appoints people to these jobs as political favors. When will our government wake up and recognize that our country is teetering on the brink of extinction as a "superpower" and world leading nation and heading towards a 3rd world country? Our successive generations are already going to have to shoulder the immense financial burden of the recent economic crisis brought about, in part, by governmental neglect and incompetency in regulating financial institutions and ignoring the obvious build up of the real estate bubble and its implications. Our regulatory agencies administering the banks failed to perform their oversight over highly risky mortgage lending practices. The "ballout" put taxpayers' money into banks and other companies like AIG without any oversight or preferred ownership stakes that favored the taxpayers (just look at what a savvy investor like Warren Buffet did in lending to GE as an example of what we should have done).

    Why should we expect anything different from one of the worst Presidents and administrations in over 100 years? It is none too soon to watch this moron riding out of Washington to Texas. Good riddance.

    December 25, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Kevin

    Further "burrowing" by a corrupt and incompetent president to ensure that President Obama faces the most difficult circumstances possible during his first term. What a coward.

    December 25, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. Dixie F.

    What is the purpose of these appointments? Please advise.

    December 25, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. sick n tired

    Why and how is this Lame Duck able to appoint these people to serve AFTER HIS TIME IS UP? More road blocks for Obama to deal with to be sure! Typical Bush obstructionist tactics!

    December 25, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. Paul Walker

    What a jerk. The biggest abuse of power in history and the worst, by far, president in history.

    December 25, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. abraxis

    The last desperate act of the village idiot before he returns to the village that may not claim him.

    December 25, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Chief lagosboy

    Go away baby Bush, you are irreverent.........nobody is listening to you.
    You are one terrible president. What's your shoe size? I would like to send you a Christmas present. Good Riddance and thanks for nothing!!!

    December 25, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. bill, alabama

    Sounds like a lot of "payback pork" was being served at the White House for Christmas instead of ham or turkey.

    The important thing is that the "big turkey" will be gone in January.

    December 25, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. WIlly Brown

    Got to keep some adults around while the children play.

    December 25, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. Shirley Stoll

    Is it common to start appointing people to be in your administration as you are on the way out? Just wondering!

    December 25, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. Larry Karmel

    Political hacks keep on working, appointed by the worst president in American history. Why on earth would he want his legacy to continue? Is he even more stupid than even the public imagined?

    December 25, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. David S.

    Dont they really mean these terms only go to next January when Obama replaces them?

    December 25, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Blake

    Every president does this. Get over it and stop Bush bashing.

    December 25, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Boston Irish

    I'm not too sure on how things run with this "government", but since they are appointed can they be unappointed? OMG I hope so.

    December 25, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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