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. Sailingwindward

    He made 4 year appointments to the advisory committee on trade policy & negotiations, the number one cause of this recession and job losses in the US is our trade policy, looks like he doesn't want us out the recession for another four (4) years, I guess you can blame the new president then.
    Bush has hurt this country far worse than Osama bin Laden could ever dream of.

    December 25, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Harbinger

    Hey you guys, he's the President until Obama gets sworn in on the
    Quran.
    Since Obama refuses to prove he's a natural born citiizen
    he still won't be president, only a pretender.

    December 25, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Trueblue

    Bush makes people like Robert Mugaby blush. Just leave us alone.

    December 25, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. 1fender

    Where is information on what these positions pay? I am sure Condi doesn't work for peanuts.

    December 25, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. rex

    What will Obama do before the end of his term ?

    December 25, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Jennifer - Conservative

    I see that no conservative view points were posted here..big surprise. NOT. Is this new with Bush? I doubt it. If Clinton had done it, you libs wouldn't be saying a word..enough already.

    December 25, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Rodney Foushee

    Wake up you left wing loons. George W. Bush is still the President of the United States of America. Mr. Obama is not the President; having resigned his seat in the Senate, Obama is not even a Senator. Obama, at this point in time, has as much governmental power as I do – which is none. Keep your panties on – you have just under a month to wait before you take control.

    December 25, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Nick

    Um, guys...?

    These committees are do nothing paid nothing who cares posts. I mean, really? Who cares?

    December 25, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Michael

    "We're all in the crapper, and it's all thanks to the senate, which is democrat run."

    Yeah, everything that's wrong with this country happened as a result of the Senate's activities over the last two years. That has to be the dumbest thing I've heard yet. You Republicans will believe anything, won't you?

    December 25, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. john

    quit whining u bunch of liberals...... bush is the president NOW......if u want legit concerns try finding out why obie won't release his full birth cert?..... kinda like kerry w/something to hide?.....

    December 25, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. katiec

    Well, the ones he appointed are probably the ones
    that won't need blanket pardons. That will be coming
    next. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield, Rove etc will walk away from
    all the crimes, misdeeds they have committed to our country
    and the American people.
    Hopefully the ones we are stuck with can be sent to the mail
    room because of downsizing.
    He has made the position of president a sham.

    December 25, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Harold

    Is everyone talking about King Dufus?

    December 25, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Jim Anderson Gresham Oregon

    Calling him the worse president, a jerk how in the world can you say that? I will laugh my head off when this so called Obama destroys this country worse than ever. Obama is going to be the devil of the American way. George W Bush did make some mistakes, but atleast he has the back bone to stand up for what is right for America. We have not had another Terroist attack on US soil. He has done his Job and let him appoint who he wants. Obama is appointing people that not everyone likes also. It is politics!

    December 25, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. zrw

    What next President Bush, how about another war before January 20, 09

    December 25, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. lagosboy NJ

    I guess its a farewell kiss from a Dog!!!

    December 25, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. andy

    The most arrogant living genration...

    December 25, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. KJ

    Bush is a total TOOL. I can't wait til this moron is out of the White House. His last 8 years of mismanagment have brought our country to the brink of ruin.

    December 25, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. Anonymous

    The Democrats need to focus on eliminating the increase in Americans on the unemployment list, and decrease the high increase of bringing in foreign labor! This is causing a serious economic problem that a Democrat President should eliminate by the Democrat Congress, especially in California. Our illegal alien population needs to be decreased more this year than the previous years, and our Immigration enforcement needs to continue increasing, or we will never get out of this economic catastrophe!

    December 25, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. box of rocks

    He really does want to be the most hated President ever.

    December 25, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Chicago Guy

    I met this appointee Israel Hernandez at an overseas trade fair a few years back, and he appeared to be nothing more than a 20-something political flunkie from Texas with thin credentials for the post he was holding with the Department of Commerce. Bush is such a partisan jerk.

    December 25, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. tom

    I'm no fan of bush, but I think people that are posting started flipping out because of the headline without reading the actual article. my guess is this is a regular thing at the end of a president's term, similar to presidential pardons, though I can't remember what Clinton was doing while his team was on their way out. Most of these appointments appear to be to advisory boards or scholarship committees. my gut reaction when I saw the headline was to freak out a little as well, but i'm pretty positive these appointments won't make any difference to anything.
    the only way for democrats to screw this thing up would be to act like republicans have the past 8 years and root out anyone with dissenting opinions. Obama ran his campaign to end the politics of us vs. them and bringing the country together to deal with the problems facing it. the best solution isn't a republican solution or a democratic solution, but an american solution that draws from the best side of both.
    maybe i need to just shut my mouth and let folks sort this out on their own, but it always irks me when right after democrats finally run a campaign that seems to transcend the old partisan bickering of the past, supporters of that campaign go onto their favorite new websites and start posting more 'dwell on the past nastiness' without obtaining all the facts. some of you are the reason why republicans hate us so much.

    December 25, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Emanuele Pepe

    We will miss you George (in the comedy Jokes)!!!

    December 25, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Stanley Scott

    The old man is lonely, so he have to be doing something at the Whitehouse by appointing paople to carrying at his agenda when he leave office....what a joke....

    December 25, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Don't Care

    Why is everyone upset. It doesn't matter. If Obama doesn't want these people in those positions then they will be FIRED!

    December 25, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Joe

    Hurrah, this is a smart move to ensure the democrats dont destroy the hardwork that republicans have done.

    December 25, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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