January 6th, 2009
08:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Bush makes last-minute appointments

With two weeks left in office, Pres. Bush announced 45 appointments Tuesday.
With two weeks left in office, Pres. Bush announced 45 appointments Tuesday.

(CNN) - President Bush made another round of last-minute appointments Tuesday, giving 45 aides, supporters and others a parting gift as he leaves office: presidential appointments to boards and councils, with terms lasting three to six years after he leaves office.

The full list as released by the White House after the jump includes attorney general Michael Mukasey, deputy national security advisor Elliott Abrams, and Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff.

Full list after the jump

The President intends to appoint Robert D. McCallum, Jr., of Georgia, to be a Member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarships Board, for the remainder of a three-year term expiring 09/22/10.

The President intends to appoint Martin Faga, 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 the following to be Members of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, for six-year terms expiring 06/19/14:

Panel of Conciliators:

James C. Boggs, of Virginia;

William Burck, of New York;

Ronald A. Cass, of Virginia;

Emmet Flood, of Maryland.

Panel of Arbitrators:

Fred F. Fielding, of Virginia;

Daniel M. Price, of Maryland.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the Board of Directors of the Valles Caldera Trust:

Raymond Loretto, of New Mexico, (State or Local Government Representative in New Mexico), for a four-year term beginning 01/17/09;

Virgil Trujillo, of New Mexico, (Livestock Management Representative), for a four-year term beginning 01/17/09.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, for the remainder of two-year terms expiring 05/03/10:

David Allen Josserand, of Florida, and upon appointment designate Chairman;

Kirk M. Bauer, of Maryland, and upon appointment designate Vice Chairman;

Steven Bornstein, of California;

Susan Lieberman Dell, of Texas;

Allyson Felix,of California;

Susan Finn, of Ohio;

Diego Gutierrez, of Illinois;

James W. Holsinger, of Kentucky;

Michelle Kwan, of California;

Robert A. Labonte, of North Carolina;

Edward R. Laskowski, of Minnesota;

Elisha Nelson Manning, of Louisiana;

David W. Marsh, of Alabama;

Leslie E. Miles, of Louisiana;

Omar Minaya, of New Jersey;

Richard F. Phelps, of Indiana;

Ruth Riley, of Florida;

Jason Sehorn, of California.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council:

Elliot Abrams, of Virginia, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

Joshua B. Bolten, of the District of Columbia, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

Alan I. Casden, of California, for the remainder of a five-year term expiring 01/15/11;

Michael Chertoff, of New Jersey, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

William Danhof, of Michigan, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

Sanford Gottesman, of Texas, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

Cheryl Feldman Halpern, of New Jersey, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09,;

J. David Heller, of Ohio, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

Amy Kaslow, of Maryland, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

M. Ronald Krongold, of Florida, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

Michael B. Mukasey, of New York, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

Daniel Silva, of the District of Columbia, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science, for the remainder of a three-year term expiring 12/31/11:

Sally K. Mason, of New Jersey;

Robert Y. Moore, of Pennsylvania;

Henry Yang, of California.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, for the remainder of four-year terms expiring 12/03/12:

Nancy Ann Starnes, of Virginia, (Individual with a Disability);

Hans A. Van Winkle, of Texas.

The President intends to designate Lynne A. Osmus, of Virginia, to be Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, to become effective January 16, 2009.

The President intends to designate Susan E. Dudley, of Virginia, to be Acting Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget.

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soundoff (310 Responses)
  1. boered1

    luckily any and all of these appointments can be overturned since they were done in the last 30 (or is it 60 days? too lazy to research) of a presidency so no worries Obama will have his people look at them and get rid of the idiots and syncophants bush tries to sneak in.

    January 6, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Lyndon from CA

    What goes around usually comes around. So the 44th president has a blueprint to follow when his term ends in either four or eight years henceforth. Thanks George, you winner you.

    January 6, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. Isaac

    January 20 can't come soon enough.

    January 6, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. david goldman

    BUSH CONTINUES THE LOOTING OF AMERICA, APPOINTING

    USELESS PEOPLE TO POSITIONS WE HAVE TO PAY FORE.

    January 6, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. YS from MO

    Is this guy drunk?!

    January 6, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  6. cile/fairhiope, al

    Spare me.

    January 6, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. Denise

    Why is Bush doing this?

    January 6, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. Larry Madison

    Will we never escape the influence of George W?

    January 6, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. Irritated in Fl

    Good for him! leaves less room for Obama to screw something else up.

    January 6, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. timothy Powell

    President's appointing last minute jobs is not the worst thing that could happen at this point. When it came to the economy and the verment Peloski found when the rock was lifted, President Bush also seen it. Now and from that time he has parted with the traditional policies of the Republican Party, and acknowledges the parting. Seems he is for the first time doing his own thinking and policy making. Too late to help. I always thought President Bush was a better man than it appeared because of policies. truly so, timothy: IN

    January 6, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. Monica, Farmington, MI

    What is wrong with this guy? I have never heard or read of a more power-hungry individual or one who hates his country more. To the last minute, he has to hurt America.

    January 6, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. C Spurgeon

    What a jerk. He should take all with him. They are all part of the worst administration ever and should not benefit from this failed presidency!

    January 6, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. CA Indie for Obama

    gee, what a surprise that the worst president in recent history is trying to extend his ideological failings for another 3 to 6 years.

    so, if somethings go sideways over the next few years, thank you bush for supplying Obama with some political cover. we would all be better off without it.

    January 6, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. Marjorie Hiltner

    Can we appoint Bush to the gallows?

    January 6, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. Y Pittman

    Wow, more Bush appointments. Scarey..Guess it's one more stick to the American people.. Micheal Chertoff.Elliott Abrams...c'mon

    January 6, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. John G

    Ok it's pretty standard to do appointments and pardons on the way out...

    January 6, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  17. Impeach George W. Bush

    I am not familiar with most of these appointees but if they are anything like the rest of Bush’s people they must be incompetent.

    January 6, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Al, atheist from California

    This reminds: Bush is still not in prison.

    January 6, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. Tek Ny

    Did Bill Clinton do the same thing?

    January 6, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. S Callahan

    Well, look at it as good will....they'll all have health insurance for three to five years.

    January 6, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Democrats Rule

    Heaven help us – the damage will never end!

    January 6, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Proud American

    He appointed himself Village Idiot.

    January 6, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. Bill

    There really should be a law that states no President can make appointments or pardons once a new President has been elected. As we saw with Clinton and now with Bush, these actions don't reward qualified individuals, they're basically the actions of a president taking care of his buddies.

    January 6, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  24. Devon Cloud

    Just what America needs... one last push to leave those who got us into this financial mess in charge of something... Can't Bush just go away? we can just do without a President until the 20th. That would be much better in my opinion.

    January 6, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  25. shoegazer

    Does the incoming President have any veto powers on these disgraceful last minute "gifts".This man should not be able to appoint
    his paperboy,never mind this list of lackeys.

    January 6, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
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