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. Paul in SC

    Don't worry, we will give the new president the same respect that you liberals and whinner's have given Pres. Bush. And proud american, did you learn anything in school except the word "idiot"?

    January 6, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  2. T. Mckinley

    Blago isn't allowed to make appointments because he allegedly tried to sell ONE Senate seat.

    GW helps to ruin the entire US economy, and in the process ruins the lives of MILLIONS of people, and he can make all the appointments he wants.

    Go figure........

    January 6, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  3. Robert W from Bethesda, MD

    This is the way the system works in this town, people. Obama will be doing the same thing in 4 or 8 years, whatever the case may be. Get over it.

    January 6, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  4. Mark

    Make sure you all remember these comments 4 years from now when Obama leaves office and watch how many people he appoints.

    I know we will.

    January 6, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  5. Marvin West

    As far as foreign policy is concerned, Obama = Bush.
    Presidents, most congressmen and senators owe their position to corporate and special interest groups (AIPAC, etc.) financing. Policy is made by those handlers, and it remains the same no matter who is in the white house. "change" sounded good in the ears of the voting public. In any case, anything will be better than the Bush/Cheney disaster.

    January 6, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  6. Proud American

    Steve January 6th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

    To those of you that have made such vial comments, do you have any respect for the office of the president??
    ______________________________________________________
    Yes, just not yours. Idiot

    January 6, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. He is no joke

    and any other Bush will not be any different

    screw you from the moment they take office until that last minute they are still in office

    goodbye, good riddence and don't let the door hit you in the can on the way out

    better yet jail bush, cheney, rice, rove, rumsfeld, gonzales, powell and ashcroft

    January 6, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  8. Proud American

    clifford January 6th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

    Thank you President Bush for your years of service and for holding Obamas hand by making these appointments!!
    ____________________________________________________
    I think it's time for you to go back down to the basement, say your prayers and go to bed. Nite Nite Idiot

    January 6, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  9. j

    Bush and Cheney and the whole mob have been " A CANCER ON OUR SOCIETY, THAT WILL SOON BE GONE"

    THANK GOD !!!

    January 6, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  10. Mike in Baltimore

    Mr. Bush? So busy making these appointments that you don't have time to even comment on problems in other parts of the world? Just two for starters are:

    Gaza?

    The lack of natural gas to parts of Europe because of Putin's ego?

    Either or both seem to be much more important than filling a few vacancies on boards or commissions that don't have that much affect on national security or the economy, let alone that these boards or commissions have no influence on solving problems in other parts of the world.

    January 6, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  11. Proud American

    "PAT" I just heard from the Obama transition team, he's creating a new cabinet level Sec'd. Obama has chose you as Sec'y of Village Idiots. Obama is real impressed, I guess he couldn't find another Idiot as stupid as you are in the entire country. Good Job.

    January 6, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  12. g from rtp

    I get it do as much damage as possible before you go ... heck of a job bushie

    January 6, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  13. chuck

    Who the _ _ _ _ cares? Anybody that does needs to find something to do.

    January 6, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  14. scythe

    Wow people, wake up, this is our country we all will have to live it together.

    Lets show the past and future president some love.......... We are all decision makers and they don't turn right all the time.

    January 6, 2009 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  15. deadmetaphor

    What exactly is the "Public Interest Declassification Board"... and why would the President be in charge of appointing board members?

    January 6, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  16. Bob

    The people that I really feel sorry for are those 20+ percent that thing George W. Bush has or is doing a good job. Aside from Bush being the worst president of my lifetime (69 years) the people who continued to support his arrogant, incompetent staffers are just as woeful as Bush and his cronies. Or maybe that 20+ precent are the cronies that benefited from the downfall of Wall Street, home ownership, car manufacturers, etc. You got your money now run, find another country to live in so we can have more the more decent citizens benefit from President-Elect Obama's administration.

    January 6, 2009 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  17. dibick99

    one idiot taking care of the other idiots. bush has no shame.

    January 6, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    You wankers did read the article right? These appointments are more symbolic than anything. Unless of course, the National Holocaust memorial council involves your daily lives...geez get a grip!

    January 6, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  19. Neville

    To Eric from MN. My brother in two weeks everything will be in full reverse. I must say this i can't believe what Bush has done to this country and he did it right in front of our faces.

    January 6, 2009 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  20. tom

    so bush is going to screw us one last time. how great of him he will continue to destroy this nation even after he is gone.

    January 6, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  21. Marie,San Diego

    This is very unfortunate. We are talking about 6 mil per year to cover their GS salaries. I'm speechless.

    January 6, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  22. testy in texas

    hopefully President Obama can reverse all of the payoffs that Mr. Bush is passing out

    January 6, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  23. Chris in Va.

    @ Robert.....True "Wild Bill" made appointments, but he didn't destroy the nation while president, and where do you get off telling Liberals/Dems what they can or can't do, you lost, you are irrelevant, wrap yourself in the flag, sit down in a corner and SHUT THE HELL UP! Your opinion means NOTHING!

    In thirty years or so once everyone that remembers what you pigs did to our country is gone you MAY get another chance.....but probably not.

    January 6, 2009 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  24. dr.mimi de la cruz

    I HEARD A GREAT STATEMENT TODAY ABOUT THE

    ATTITUDE OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY TOWARD

    CONGRESS, UNDER THE GREAT BUSH LEADERSHIP.

    "TREAT THEM LIKE MUSHROOMS,

    IN THE DARK & FEED THEM MANURE".

    FEINSTEIN HAD NO PROBLEM WITH BEING LIED TO, NO

    PROBLEM WITH TORTURE BUT HAS A PROBLEM WITH

    LEON PANETTA. THE OLD HAG WENT ALONG WITH EVERY

    BUSH APPOINTMENT BUT TWO & NEVER MADE A PEEP.

    January 6, 2009 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  25. Tina

    We should have been protected from all terrorists, foreign and domestic. 9/11 happened because Bush put a domestic terrorist in the white house and enabled him as his vice-president.

    Secondly, it is primarily the youngest of PE Obama's supporters that are ignorant of current events ... don't be fooled into thinking that is his only constituency ... let's set that record straight right now. It is actually more ignorant to support the notion that we are all idiots ... now anyone who supported McCain after his Palin selection is another story altogether. The security of the US was not even a thought in his mind!! Only idiots and fools could support him after that "maverick" selection.

    It's a new day – time to work together. It can work if we can do that.

    January 6, 2009 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
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