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. Hammer

    You Bush haters are pathetic......Obama is the worst president in history and he hasen't even taken office yet... He bought the Presidency..

    December 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. From

    He is president. RESPECT THE POSITION, even if you dislike (or worse) the man. Showing your disresepect to the current administration does nothing to support the new and simply shows your raw ignornance. Thank goodness we are in a free country, or else you fools would be in serious trouble. Men and Women have died for your right to be an idiot and you're insulting the commander and chief!

    December 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Edward Brown

    But you know the good Christian goes to church and probably sits in front. What would Christ say about him, not much good I believe.

    December 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Jen, Philadelphia

    Is it just me, or are the people complaining the most, the ones who know the least about how government works? There are honorary appointments and pardons that every president makes in the final days of office. The president doesn't cease to be the president after the election in November. We make this transition in administrations every 4-8 years. Why are the Obama supporters having such a difficult time with this? The country doesn't stop needing to be run until your guy is sworn in! It will be interesting to see President Obama's perspective of the office from the other side.

    December 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Steve in NY

    Enough already! The new congress should strip Bush of all future government benefits (retirement & healthcare coverage) as well as all secret service protection. Perhaps a censure just for good measure.

    December 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Scott

    Are all the republicans that blind? Do you guys understand when to bring in common sense and see for yourself what Bush has done?

    Stop and think please, people that vote straight anything should have their voting rights revoked, it's stupid, irresponsible and childish at best.

    At least I hear different views from Democrats. Repubs are just a binch of retards, especially those that support Sarah Palin, come on do you really think she was ready to be VP? If you say yes, go shot yourself and your family and make this world a better place!

    December 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. get real dude

    OMG! Is there something that we are missing here? Is this a manipu-
    lative move or what. What is the significance of announcing this on Christmas Eve? I smell a stinking motive rat here!!!! Can't wait to hear the Obama/Biden comments!!!!!! I will keep my shoes on my feet until I get a better understanding on this...if the news turns out to be bad, perhaps he should duck again! I'm serious..lol..lol.

    December 25, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Pat Omaha, NE

    Where are Rice and Rove on the list? Why are their "appointments" not listed? I can't wait to find out. I actually think they have done quite enough "service" for their friend, Mr. GM.
    Please go away soon! I'm done now!

    December 25, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    It is time for all of you to quite being such snivelers. If you think President Bush appointing a person to the Polar Bear Preservation Committee or the JFK Performing Arts Committee are terrible moves, then you are hopeless as a human.

    December 25, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Charles from Atlanta

    That means, even he leaves the office, his people still stay in government for next 3 to 6 years. What a jerk and shameless. No wonder he tried put his personal council into Supereme Court and failed. Totally put personal interests first.. It these people have contribution to the successful policy, then I have no problem on this. But it is plain rewarding his own people using public position.

    December 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Steve

    I wonder if their is any law where people can really sy what is on their mind about this man after he leave the WHite House. He most certainly will go down in history as the worst President in history.
    People should think what another 3 years in Afganistan and Iraq will do to our economy.
    Everyone except the English have deserted us in Iraq and Nato is nothing but a paper Tiger.
    The only thing that is going to save the world is for all the nations that have nuclear weopens to get together in one military and economical
    organization and enforce peace throughout the world with nuclear
    if necessary.

    December 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Tony1

    Get over it. All presidents do this, and Obama will do it too at the end of his term, only then you will applaud and say way to stick it to the next republican administration.

    December 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Roger

    One can disagree with another but the use of hatred, profanity, etc. is uncalled for - in a true sense it reflects upon the character ot the person using such viscious statements. After that has been said, history will show that President Bush was not only an effective Presidnt but one who made bold decisions and will be recognize very favorably in the future. Very few Presidents have been confronted with so many difficult problems and whether you agree or disaree with his decisions, he stood firmly and let the spectators take their best shots. History will reveal his wisdom and his character – not those who attack those in command He was a player not a spectator - so let's give him the credit he deserves.

    December 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. kieran mc hale

    when bush ducked and avoided being hit by the shoes in iraq his wife laura was not surprised after all george was a natural athlete this statement was not challenged by our great media this is the main reason bush has gotten away with all the crap over the last eight years why are the media so afraid to really go after bush even now

    December 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Gordie

    Unbelievable! Please quite the sniveling. If you think President Bush's appointment of individuals to positions such as the Polar Bear Preservation Committee or the JFK Performing Arts Committee are bad politics, then you are hopeless as a human. You must have some worth.

    December 25, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Elizabeth

    These appointments, along with the number of political appointees who have taken government jobs, are intended to ensure a continuation of Bush policies. The man and his party are arrogant infiltrators, whose tentacles wind around and throughout the government. They intend to perpetuate the divisive and fearful atmosphere that allows them to wield power and control most of the activities and financial resources. Most Americans are so involved with trivial, petty things and entertainment, that they forget their real responsibilities in our democracy. This is what has provided morons like Bush and devils like Cheney the opportunity to laugh all the way to Texas and the Wyoming banks. President-elect Obama will need all the support and patience he can get from us citizens, if he is to be even partially successful at reversing the damage these two SOBs have done to our country.

    December 25, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Jymn

    I think the majority of American people have the right to their dislike of this lame duck President. He has run his government like a monarchy. He is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands Iraqi citizens and thousands of American troops in a vanity war. Three thousand more died in New York on his watch. He has contempt for Habeas Corpus and the privacy of the US populace. The economy has plunged into near, if not already there, depression. I could go on an on. Pundits raked Clinton over the coals for this pardons and appointments. The media as always ignores Bush doing the same thing. Republicans pay more for silence than the Dems.

    December 25, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. jonathan

    Great!
    Keep everything as toxic and misguided for as long as humanly possible!

    December 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. STepper

    What a distinguished group of – - – cronies.

    Goes out just the way he came in, illegitimately, and surrounded by clackies and incompetence.

    How much do these jobs pay?

    December 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Donovan

    ALL HAIL SATAN!!!

    December 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. josh

    Nice to see that all the lefties are beside themselves YET AGAIN for the President (still) doing something that is basically an outgoing custom. I am not waving the Bush flag here, but I do find it humorous that everyone who is posting for the immediate removal of the appointees by the incoming president was most likely up in arms (or at least the equivalent, for all you anti-gun freaks) about Bush appointing new federal attorneys. Get over it, you will have your president to defend (from critics) for the next 4 years, good luck and and MERRY CHRISTMAS

    December 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. Brian

    The comments that people make here show how ignorant they really are. Claiming Bush is making these appointments to further his policies and further his agenda....or abuse of powers comments. You people are really stupid. These appointments have nothing to do with power or to carry on his policies. These are panels and groups that do nothing to influence real govt policies. These appointments are basically handed out to these people to "thank" them for their support during his tenure. Every president does this when they leave, just like every president does the "pardons" routine. I am not the biggest fan of Bush, but I support him because he is President. Just like I did not vote for Obama, but will support him because he will be president. Too many of you morons have such blinding hatred for Bush that you do not see straight. Since we are on that subject, I love how the very same people who trashed Bush the last 8 years, are the first one to be upset if someone says anything negative about Obama. You should have seen this day coming, the next four (or eight) years, there will be much bashing of Obama. People pointing out every single mistake he makes, every mis pronunciation of a word..etc...... just like YOU did to Bush. get use to it, or toughen your skin.

    December 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. sue

    If you think Bush was so bad, you ain't seen nothing yet. Wait to your buddy Obama gets in there. God help us all.

    December 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Ron

    We certainly shouldn't be surprised for a moment by Bush's action; his entire eight year reign of terror has been all about helping his buddies. It's the Republican way of doing business....and always has been.

    But for Bush to do this at Christmastime shows just how completely tone-deaf the "born again" Prez is to the spirit of the holiday....

    WWJD? Not this.

    December 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Armando

    Everyone just wants a reason to shout at Bush. If the story had been Bush saves a bus full of handicapped kids from falling off a bridge into a freezing river and gives them all toys for Christmas. People would still call him corrupt. He is just one man. If this country is where it is, it's because of the Democratic controlled congress and all the people in the U.S. who don't open their mouths and take action. It's easier to criticize someone elses actions than your own inaction. He was an awesome president. Made mistakes like every other president. But ALL THE PAST PRESIDENTS get to make these appointments. His administration is over. He is just taking care of friends so that they still get a paycheck and have a future. Like I said ALL PAST PRESDIENTS DO THIS!

    December 25, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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