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. Brian Kingsley

    Who cares?

    December 25, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. PK California

    Where does he get the priviledge to appoint anyone to anything in a new president's administration? Is this just a stunt so that Obama may have to relieve them of their duties if he has others in mind? I don't get it!

    December 25, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Jim Hall

    That village idiot should not be able to appoint anybody to anything what a joke. We need a complete over haul of our constitution and bill of rights so these dictators whether they are republican or democrat or what ever cannot do as they darn want to Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri.

    December 25, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Landon

    The lame duck quacks. Disappointing, but you really can't be too unhappy. Almost every prez has done it before, from Adams on up.

    December 25, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. John Jacoby

    Ummm... Isn't he leaving...a bit presumptuous I think. ...He may be just oblivious considering how he handled the shoe-thrower incident ... or it may be total disregard for Americans when you consider his approval ratings and the election.

    December 25, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. facts are facts

    Most of these are likely from the Roberts university because they won't have the education needed to make it on their own in the real world.

    December 25, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Jana

    Every President does it. Who cares!

    December 25, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. Stefano DeVanobige

    Appointing people to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board is the biggest abuse of power in history? Hitler might have something to say about that.

    December 25, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Anonymous

    He's been far from a great President but "the biggest abuse of power in history?" He's appointing people ot scholarship boards and performing arts centers. Who cares? Obviously you do.

    December 25, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Kevin Alexander

    Not that I'm completely approving of all the President has done, but I think it's interesting how we so often think the last or more recent presidents are either the best or the worst in history.

    That being said, and politics aside, Merry Christmas! Hopefully there is still the possibility that at least on one day out of the year humanity can put aside their enmity of one another and cherish the life God has given us. As a Christian I believe that's what Christmas is ultimately about. Beyond the traditional meaning of Christmas, there should also be a subtle reminder for those who choose to celebrate the spiritual meaning of the holiday that two thousand years ago God laid aside his frustration with the depravity of man, and chose to do something about it by becoming one of us. Some might think that to be a fairy tale, but I think if spirituality or the supernatural is to mean anything, then Christmas is a perfect example of what is possible that can completely blow our minds.

    Ok, I didn't intend to write a novella here, I guess I just embarked on a positive rant. Oh, and if you don't happen to celebrate a spiritual meaning to Christmas, have a Happy Holiday season. I think it's highly ironic that the one time of the year when we should definately ignore petty arguments is the one which we argue about the most – Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays...

    So for the sake of not offending either party... Merry Happiness!

    December 25, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. Joe

    Pork for Christmas? Ho, ho, ho!

    December 25, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Tom Schwab

    Why would bush appoint anyone for 3-6 years when he only has days left in office. I'll tell you why, because he wants to make sure that HIS WAY is still being PUSHED upon everyone well after he is gone. I think Obama should be the one to appoint anyone if anyone needs to be appointed. Thats like making my ex-girlfriend in charge of MY WELL BEING for MY FUTURE.

    What is everyone thinking will happen over this. UNSEEN and BEHIND THE SCENE action is whats going to happen. Just like 911. And nobody STILL has the balls to do anything. WAKE UP AMERICA.

    December 25, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Mark Lanting

    Paul Walker December 25th, 2008 11:06 am ET
    What a jerk. The biggest abuse of power in history and the worst, by far, president in history.

    Nothing like a chip on the shoulder to obfuscate reality. Clinton's last minute pardons of embezzlers, money launders, and other felons define the term abuse of power.

    December 25, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Paul Wanker

    Paul, take a good look at your democrat buddies. I'm sure you'll see worse abuse of power. We're all in the crapper, and it's all thanks to the senate, which is democrat run.

    December 25, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. Alaina

    ....what???? i second paul walker...what a jerk! its bad enough that we'll still be affected by his bad policies he made over the last 8 yrs, no matter what obama does...but now hes appointed more jerks to office???

    December 25, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. W Spivey Merritt Island, FL

    WHAT A JERK AND " THEY LIVE AMONG US". SOMETIMES I THINK THAT THIS MAN COULD NOT FIND HIS A$$ IN THE DARK USING BOTH HANDS .

    December 25, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. FreeNLovIt

    You hit it on the nail. I do not approve of his policies but he's EXACTLY what the terrorists and crazy EXTREMISTS needed. I didnt appreciate them one bit when they beheaded an American in Iraq, earlier in the war. If you think W is crazy, those nuts out there ARE worst.

    December 25, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. U.S. Common Sense

    Paul Walker,

    This isn't an abuse of power, unless you are saying Bill Clinton and those that preceeded them also "abused power' with these type of appointments.

    Sick n tired,

    He is President until January 20th.

    Seriously, you two need to get beyond your blind hatred and brush up on your history.

    December 25, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Charles

    This man is out to prove to all the world that he is the worst president in American history, although that issue is not in doubt. Enough, already!

    December 25, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. Tony

    Well done. The president doing his job and setting a good example for the incoming president. Paul needs to revisit a non-liberal indoctrination school and reexamine presidential history. President Bush will be remembered as the president who did his job in protecting his country, no matter how many so-called journalists in the liberal news networks try to protray him. In my opinion, we'd all be dead if either of the other two (ahem) individuals from past elections had been voted into office.

    December 25, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. voice of reason

    This should be the first list of people to be fired as soon as Barack O. is sworn into office. What pompous arrogance Bush has displayed for 8 years, displays today, and no doubt, will display for the next 3 &1/2 weeks...

    December 25, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. marty

    Bush....What can I say. He has pursued his "special" interests at the expense of his country and citizens. I am ashamed to admit that I voted for him during his first term. Even as his days in power winds down, he is still abusing his power. We need a spiritualy fit leader. Someone who does not bend to the seduction of greed and power. Someone with true integrity. I don't believe that integrity and politics have ever been seen in the same sentence. We are in a world of change. Things are in the first stages of change. It usually gets worse before it gets better. All of this turmoil is the signs of change and growth for the better.

    December 25, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. Linda32

    So are taxpayers going to be paying for these appointees?

    December 25, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. of bush

    who do these "advisory boards" advise? If the president, Obama should simply undo all of them and structure them as he sees fit. Part of his cleanup after Bush.

    December 25, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. cobra

    Good on Bush, the next idiot won't be able to appoint scum!!

    December 25, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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