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. indiana voter

    He is still President until Jan. 20th and has every right to appoint whomever he wants to these positions. Every President does it at the end of their terms. Oh that's right, liberals only remember the last 8 years, and only if it is something negative about the Bush administration. I for one, will give Obama a chance, which is more than democrats did with Bush in 2000.

    December 25, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Me

    Waaa! Waaa! Waaa! Get over it! Like Clinton didn't do this kind of stuff and like your precious Obama won't do it too! Bunch of babies!

    December 25, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. 2008 Voter

    Of course Bush took care of his flunky – Condoleezza. What was she going to do for a job if Bush didn't appoint her to some Board?

    They are both such losers!

    December 25, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. unemployed american

    Don't get to upset, every president has done this after their time was about up. Obama will also do it just wait and see.

    It is just another presidential abuse, they all give pardons and appointments at the end. Bunch of crap, but you don't see congress trying to prevent it do you. Ever wonder why?

    December 25, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Phoenix

    He's only doing this out of spite. He's going to pay for all he has done.

    December 25, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Fran Cillo

    How can the president make new appointments with only a short time left in office?????? What is he trying to prove??

    December 25, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Tony

    In terms of putting a criminal in jail, why isn't Obama being put in jail? DId he not try to negotiate leaving Iraq with their leader when he was not yet elected (for those of you in Rio Linda, that's prior to election day). By the way, was Obama born in the US? Can we please see the birth certificate? Seems like a simple request, yet no one will do so to address this once and for all.

    December 25, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. ;john

    I think that this just shows what a despicable, insensitive, and outrageously egotistical individual Bush is! I hope that the Obama administration can immediately reverse ALL of these appointments upon taking office.

    I suppose that since Bush is the most disliked president in history with the lowest approval rating that he figures he can do whatever he wants since it can't lower his rating much more. Or maybe it is just his way of getting even for the likelyhood that he will go down in history as the biggest spending, least liked, and most reviled worldwide.

    Thank God we only have to suffer through his (and Chaney's) rule of terror and incompetence for less than a month and then the country to begin to heal and rebuild. PEACE ON EARTH to everyone!

    December 25, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Byron Palmer Livingston, TX

    What a scum bag! This Bush guy will always be known as the worst president in the history of the U.S. He is nothing but a piece of trash. Born again piece of crap.

    December 25, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. maeve

    Bush is so desperate to leave his mark on Washington, he'll even put the skids to all the supposed goodwill for the transition.

    It was bad enough that he and Laura wouldn't let the Obamas move into the house traditionally used for an in-coming president and his family. The Bushs had guests that simply had to stay there. All that was just personally nasty.

    But now this?! Tying a stone around the neck of the incoming administration, despite promises of working towards a smooth and gracious transition?

    Worst president in history, and possibly the most immature = W.

    December 25, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. That Guy Who's Always Right

    CNN needs to do a better job of reporting. The common man (me and everyone else who has commented so far) wants to know how appointments made by a lame duck president for people to serve "in his administration" extend into the term of the next president. It's an obvious question, so please answer it! Don't just vomit press releases onto your website; do some reporting!

    December 25, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Raven

    Yeah it's almost over, Now we get to face watching our
    country turn into a socialist 3rd world country.
    At the hands of a Kenyan no less.

    December 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. zakaria

    I am trowing all my shoes at his face. What a Jerk

    December 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Butch Dillon

    One more thing for Obama to undo. The ones that are stupid enough to hang around after Bush is banished should have to endure as much abuse as possible, before they either quit or are forced into retirement pastures.

    December 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. roy

    I agree Bush made mistakes but we have been kept safe for seven years. How would you like to live in a situation like Israel. You fear for your life just going out to the grocery store or getting a cup of coffee. I believe most people won't realilze this until the next major terrorist attack occurs. It has been PC to call him a liar, abuser of power, etc. If this was truly correct, the Democrats in Congress would have filed impeachment charges a long time ago. The reality is that they didn't have any facts to back it up. For those of you who are critical of Bush invading a country that didn't invade us, check the facts. FDR attacked Germany without being attacked. Kennedy attacked North Vietnam withouth being attacked. Truman attacked North Korea without being attacked. Clinton attacked Bosnia/Serbia without being attacked. All Democrats. Where was the Democratic outcry then.

    December 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. ijhiol

    good job!!

    December 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Marc Daniels

    Like it or not, the American public elected Bush for the full term. It is absolutely his right to exercise options as the law permits.

    Whether or not people like the George W Bush "brand" is not important. Part of what comes with electing a president is his right to control this "brand" within legal limits. Afterall it is his legacy on the line that school kids will be reading about for years to come.

    I am sure that Obama will exercise these same options.

    December 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. BushDidGood

    For those Dims that haven't read the constitution Bush is still the real president, it is his right. Get a life!

    December 25, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Rick Sutter

    To Anonymous – Fairy Duster??! Wouldn't that be Barnie Frank? The author of our current economic disaster?

    December 25, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. craig kasnoff

    Obama will just have to 'un-appoint' them.

    This is just more of Bush's enriching his friends at the publics expense.

    So what's new.

    Worst President in history. That has already been established.

    But like all the 'white collar' criminals on Wall Street and those in our government who were suppose to be protecting the publics interest -but didn't- he will also get away with his crimes without being held accountable.

    Again...so what's new.

    I can only imagine that those who elected him into office feel no shame of guilt for putting him into the position where he could do the damage he did to this country.

    Welcome to the 'new' America, where greed and self indulgence is rewarded, and hard work is punished.

    December 25, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. William Bailey

    This arrogant, small-minded man never ceases to amaze. His contempt for the American people knows no bounds. Thank God the nightmare of George W. Bush is almost over.

    December 25, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Anna, ATL

    Not a Bush fan, but please...

    Obama is going to have 'Way Bigger' problems to take on than appointing representatives for the US/Russia Polar Bear Commission or the JFK Center for the Performing Arts.

    Let it go, will you, people?

    December 25, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. rod campbell

    It is good to get rid of a president that has a 2 digit IQ

    December 25, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. roy

    by the way folks, checke your facts. Look at who Clinton appointed and gave pardons to. Bush pales in comparison.

    December 25, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. lagosboy NJ

    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 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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