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. Mark

    Bush is an American Hero...
    Liberal fools have nothing to do in the world but put your hand out types will soon see the end when Barack the Magic Negro takes office..

    January 7, 2009 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  2. Kent

    SHAME!
    Can't they get a job.
    Thank you for publishing this. It really needs to stop.

    January 7, 2009 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  3. Mark

    Liberal idiots...

    January 7, 2009 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  4. Ron Nebraska

    Actually, the greatest damage Bush has done comes in the form of the judges he has appointed, these latest appointments are nothing to whine about.

    January 7, 2009 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  5. M

    Yes, there should be a good riddance party for Mr. Bush. But even more so, he should apologize and show some remorse for screwing up our country so badly and ruining our reputation throughout the world. I don't know how we will ever regain all that he has lost.

    January 7, 2009 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  6. Tariq

    Don't do it Bush...don't make me take off my shoe now!

    January 7, 2009 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  7. chuckita

    bud January 6th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

    Very inspiring news. Thanks for rewarding your cronies, George W. Douche……………NOT! That's right, I just made a "NOT" joke. Jealous?

    I am jealous....NOT!

    January 7, 2009 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  8. Don't worry...be happy

    This too shall pass!

    January 7, 2009 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  9. SOMEONE PLEASE THROW ANOTHER PAIR OF SHOES @ GW!!!

    And I can't find a job; yet this dimwit is giving out jobs to his cronies!!!!!

    January 7, 2009 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  10. Ben in Dallas

    Hey,

    The country gets rid of him, but he's coming back to Texas to live in Dallas. OMG!

    January 7, 2009 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  11. Ryan

    All Presidents do this when they leave office. All of you libs need to chill.

    January 7, 2009 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  12. Dave

    TIME FOR A CHANGE!

    Looks like Bush just supplied Obama with a list of positions to cut from our bloated government.

    Are these positions "required" to serve the American people?

    If not they have to go. This country is flirting with disaster as it is – it is time for some big changes, for our very survival.

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

    Huh?
    The Holocaust occurred in Europe, but we have a memorial council here?? I don't get that. Just more government bloat.

    January 7, 2009 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  13. Arun

    I'm a Liberal/Dem myself, and I know most of my kind is going to be really mad about this, but to be honest, probably 90% of the presidents who were succeeded by a member of the opposing party did something like this, including Bill Clinton. It's not a bad idea seeing as it adds to the balance of powers, but I doubt that's exactly what the president was striving for

    January 7, 2009 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  14. Arun

    I'm a Liberal/Dem myself, and I know most of my kind is going to be really mad about this, but to be honest, probably 90% of the presidents who were succeeded by a member of the opposing party did something like this, including Bill Clinton. It's not a bad idea seeing as it adds to the balance of powers, but I doubt that's exactly what the president was striving for.

    January 7, 2009 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  15. gg100

    thank god!! that this pres is HIstory!! 3,300 people dead (g.i)s . got the "wrong"saddam hussein clone put to death (not the real one)..cheney should be gone too and packed his slum bag to wyoming (poor people watch out!!)..nothing for handi cappable people .. 9-11 is or was concocketed from their minds . home less people around colorado walking around and no jobs.they sent over seas. Everyone company or bank wants a bail out here. also hey pres obama .. WHERE IS MY "STIMULUS" CHECK. U PROMISED ME AND THE POOR AND THE MIDDLE CLASS >WE ALL VOTED FOR U NOT JUST TALK > PEOPLE LIKE ME WANT ACTION HERE..DO IT !!

    January 7, 2009 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  16. Lee

    I wonder what these jobs pay and I hope many of these are not political cronies like Brown was for the FEMA job.

    January 7, 2009 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  17. gg100

    thank god , this pres is History..!! hey obama .. where is my stimulus check for me and my family.. quit give it to the richie repubs .. i voted for u and i intend that u give me and others their stmulius check without strings attached..

    January 7, 2009 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  18. Jim D. in Costa Mesa

    Just think about it. Over 4,000 American soldiers have died and tens of thousands have been maimed and disfigured because of him. And he could care less. What a waste. Good job, Georgie.

    January 7, 2009 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  19. sandee in Portland

    @ Jedd....are you delusional or what? I think you need a quick course in reality!

    January 7, 2009 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  20. Brian

    Yes, well "Wild-Bill" also left us much better off then we are now. Oh, but I forget, its really all the democrats fault because Bush inherited all these problems, right?

    January 7, 2009 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  21. Anonymous

    It’s interesting that, in a time when we’re confronted with terrorist threats around the world, that Obama would opt for Panetta’s managerial experience rather than hold out for someone with experience in intelligence and fighting terrorism

    Under Bush
    18 million new home owners( 2 million in forclosure)
    lowest interest rates in 20 years
    lowest tax rates in 20 years
    33% increase in spending on education
    Prescription drug plan ( better then nothing)
    lowest unemployment in 20 years
    no attacks on the homeland in the past seven years
    about 30 million people have a chance to be free and live in a democracy ( Hope they make it)
    destroyed top 20% of alqueado leadership and still taking the fight to them

    These are unassailable facts. All th eBush Haters either don;t know how gov;t works or live in a never never land

    democrats take control of congress in 2007 and its been down hill ever since and folks we have not hit bottom yet……

    January 7, 2009 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  22. ben

    It’s interesting that, in a time when we’re confronted with terrorist threats around the world, that Obama would opt for Panetta’s managerial experience rather than hold out for someone with experience in intelligence and fighting terrorism

    Under Bush
    18 million new home owners( 2 million in forclosure)
    lowest interest rates in 20 years
    lowest tax rates in 20 years
    33% increase in spending on education
    Prescription drug plan ( better then nothing)
    lowest unemployment in 20 years
    no attacks on the homeland in the past seven years
    about 30 million people have a chance to be free and live in a democracy ( Hope they make it)
    destroyed top 20% of alqueado leadership and still taking the fight to them

    These are unassailable facts. All th eBush Haters either don;t know how gov;t works or live in a never never land

    democrats take control of congress in 2007 and its been down hill ever since and folks we have not hit bottom yet……

    January 7, 2009 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  23. Anonymous

    I haven't researched it, but I'm assuming every president makes these moves, Democrat or Republican. I hope it is something our incoming president will abolish. Fellow Democrats, I'm a bit ashamed at the outrage by some, acting as if Dubya is the only one to do it. We're supposed to be the intelligent, thinking party.

    Anyhow, it should be stopped immediately. Most (all?) of these are basically free money to people who are already extremely rich and well-connected.

    And while I'll be happy not having someone who has sworn loyalty to a foreign nation be in charge of "Homeland Security", I'm sure Mr. Chertoff could find another way to make his own money, rather than draining mine (and yours).

    January 7, 2009 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  24. Hupfna

    I have to agree with SGOLD – What a joke to appoint these incompetent folks like Bolton, Mukasey and Chertoff who supported Bush /Cheney torture policy to a Holocaust Memorial Council. It doesn’t get any more ridiculous then that. Plus Eli Manning and Les Miles and Jason Seehorn to the President’s Council for Physical Fitness – what the heck is that council for esp since these ppl get paid to be on it. Thanks for nothing Bush

    January 7, 2009 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  25. pj

    so all that belly aching for the last 8 + years about what bill clinton did with his appointments are ok now that busg has done the same thing? Please, grow a sack

    January 7, 2009 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
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