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. Louis

    More proof that our corrupt government has nothing but disdain for the American people.

    January 6, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. Jeff

    I love the council on fitness. Omar Minaya, Mets GM, Elisha Manning...aka Super Bowl MVP....and Jason Sehorn...ex NY Giant and Mr. Angie Harmon, Jesus Freak

    January 6, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. American Patriot

    But he should be in prison, AI, for murder and treason.

    January 6, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. RedneckBob

    Just like a case of the herp, BUSH just won't go away,

    January 6, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. larry c wilson

    The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board?
    President's Committee on the Natiional Medal of Science?
    etc.

    No wonder our taxes are so high.

    January 6, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Ron

    Such a terribly ridiculous, antiquated process. Once you're out, your power to appoint should be out, too.

    January 6, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. Fed up in Colorado

    Take heart Everyone...Obama will have 60 days to undo these appointments...

    January 6, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. BUSH BEGONE AND NOW 75% OF AMERICA AGREES, FINALLY!

    This man will never get tired of screwing America.

    And his brother's name is...

    January 6, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. 14 Days To Go

    Hopefully the media will give as close scrutiny to these names to everyone on PE Obama's team. How much do these people make, what will their pensions be and what do they do? Will they actually work with the new team or will they just be assigned rooms at the back?

    That a outgoing president can do this unquestioned is not democracy!!

    January 6, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. chris24

    the scum that keeps on scumming.

    see you in jail, george.

    January 6, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. SMR

    By the way : Isn't it Bush that says that we need small Government , now he makes appointments for paid positions in the same government .There is something wrong with that picture. Grrrrrrrrrrrr

    January 6, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. d- dub

    Wow he has a pulse?

    January 6, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. Cody

    It is his perrogative. Thank you for your service, Mr. President.

    January 6, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  14. Dave

    So now we are stuck with Bush incompetents for another 6 years. This country will not be right until all Bush people are purged from politics and appointments.

    January 6, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  15. M. Hill

    Unbelievable. How can this possibly be legal? I have heard of paybacks for favors but this is ridiculous – bribery for their support of his policies during the past 8 years? This bribery will be paid by the U.S. taxpayer, not George W Bush, and why shouldn't the new president have the right to make those appointments instead of the one whose foot will be out the door 4 days after many of these appointments for up to 6 years will take effect. George W Bush never ceases to amaze with his decisions. "G" should have been his middle initial – standing for GREED! For some people "enough is never enough" – always have to have more, more, more!

    January 6, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  16. Jeff From Jersey

    A dirty laundry list of rats that should be bounced on January 21st and imprisoned on January 22 for contributing to the delinquency of a President!

    January 6, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. deb

    OMG look at his nose; drinky drinky

    January 6, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. End

    Swearing Joe Biden in early is the ONLY good thing Dick Cheney aka the Worst Vice President in U.S. history has ever done, the only reason he does it is because its his job.

    After so many years of failed wars, failed economy, failed hurricane Katrina efforts, betraying CIA agent Valerie Plame(and blaming it all on Scooter Libby instead of himself, what a COWARD) & soldiers on the front lines without armor, stripping citizens rights to sue corporations for malpractice & abuse,

    Ignoring and dismissing intelligence prior to 9/11 and permitting the massacre of 3,000 people just to have justification to invade a poor country and confiscate its only money makers in petroleum & natural gas, ignoring the decaying infrastructure of the country, torturing & executing prisoners in Guantanamo Bay & Abu Ghraib only emboldens and multiplies the ranks of terrorists groups, selling out to oil, weapon, construction & health care corporations instead of serving the people of the U.S.A.

    Oh and how could I forget, this man "accidentally" shot his supposed friend in the face after confusing him for a DEER you are either blind or a complete idiot or you just wanted to feel how its like to shoot a man because you are too much of a COWARD to go to Iraq or Afghanistan and confronting your enemies with a gun so you send soldiers to die for you without justification etc.

    In the movie W. even the moron George W. Bush scolded you for mistaking trenches of supposed WMDs and George said "Dammit Cheney you were raised in Wyoming how could you not distinguish Cattle trenches?!"

    NO WONDER DICK CHENEY ONLY HAS AN 18% APPROVAL RATING! EVEN GEORGE BUSH HAS A SLIGHTLY HIGHER 22% APPROVAL RATING WHICH ARE BOTH THE WORST OF ALL TIMES!

    January 6, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  19. jonathan

    Spreading what Virus he can in what little time he has left.

    Good Riddance!

    And now Repubs are already talking about Jeb Bush running for senate or Pres in 2012~ What a nightmare! He totally screwed up Florida and I'm not just talking about the 2000 election he helped steal. He left this state a shambles and thoroughly corrupt.
    Gov. Crist doesn't know what to do with this mess.

    January 6, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  20. Jen

    And he never will be Al, Obama was selected, Bush is safe.

    January 6, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  21. Matthew Hirst

    Every president in recent history has used such power to reward loyal supporters. So be it ... you can bet Obama will. He is already taking care of his own friends.

    January 6, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  22. Linda K.

    Isn't it nice that he's in such a rush to spend our tax dollars on his way out.

    January 6, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. I'll Do It My Way

    This is wrong .... Obama should reverse these but he won't ... it's part of the game....

    Change we can believe in.....

    January 6, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  24. tonybama, grahamsville, ny

    So we'll be supporting these people for the next few years? Wonderful. I guess it was necessary, they're not all that employable right now.

    January 6, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. Sailingwindward

    Can Bush do anymore damage to this country, I don't think we can stand anymore of Bush's gifts, the only true gift Bush can give to the American people would to leave office now, don't pass go or collect two trillion dollars.

    January 6, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
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