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. Jamal Chicago

    We need to focus now on getting rid of Obama. Bush has only a few weeks left, this is the past.... focus on now.

    January 6, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. Albo58

    Unlike Clinton, at least President Bush isn't selling and handing out pardons for felons on the run like Marc Rich! Also, there's a great chance President Bush and Laura won't have to be searched for stolen furniture as they leave the Whitehouse like the Clintons either! Face it, most lib loons are just plain trashy people with no pride!

    January 6, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. Carl Justus

    Bush screwed the American people for eight years and now is going to keep screwing us for up to another five years.
    It is unbelievable that the worst president in the history of the country can do such a thing.

    January 6, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. jIM

    Neither is Bill Clinton and as along as he isn't, then George Bush will have no fear!!!

    January 6, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. DIZIZI31

    Not like "W" could do something humanitarian for Gaza. All other companies are cutting back on positions.. why not Government? What do these appointment mean? Bush didn't really care about those who have lost their job, savings, and homes in the first place.

    January 6, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  6. CLINTON

    HOW ABOUT SOME GIFTS LIKE MORE MONEY FOR ALL THE SOLDIERS' FAMILIES THAT WERE KILLED IN IRAQ?? OH YOU MIGHT OF HAVE FORGOTEN ABOUT YOUR DISASTER IN IRAQ ...

    January 6, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  7. Jeff From Jersey

    MICHAEL CHERTOFF?YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING US!
    THE ONLY HOLOCAUST THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION WILL BE KNOWN FOR IS IRAQ UNLESS YOU WANT TO INCLUDE HURRICANE KATRINA AS WELL!
    CHERTOFF SHOULD BE ON THE FIRST PLANE OUT OF THE COUNTRY EXCEPT HE'S PROBABLY THE ONLY TERRORIST THAT WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO GET ON A PLANE!

    JASON SEHORN WILL TEACH ALL OUR KIDS NOT TO RUN BACK A KICKOFF!YOUR 15 SECONDS OF FAME ARE UP JASON.

    OMAR MINAYA HAD BETTER CONCENTRATE ON WINNING OR THIS COULD BE HIS ONLY JOB FOR AWHILE.FIND A CATCHER,A CORNER OUTFIELDER AND A FULL-TIME 2ND BASEMAN AND A STARTING PITCHER,THEN YOU CAN GO!

    January 6, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. Charlie in Maine

    Hey I have an idea. He could appoint Blagoyavich to the Election Commission and Bernie Madoff to the SEC and then Bush's tenure could be complete. Speaking of Madoff here is s joke that anyone who didn't lose money might think is funny.

    Knock knock
    Who's there?
    Bernie Madoff
    Bernie Madoff Who?
    Bernie made off with all my #^*%ing money.

    January 6, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  9. DE Rick

    Silly libs always in that silly place aren't you? When your Messiah comes into office remember the terrorists hate him too. They will be after us and will continue to do so until they achieve their mission. Why not live in a third world country for 5-6 years and tell me how bad Bush is then. Castro's Cuba- try speaking out against El Comandante down there and see where you land. Our country is great because of its people not because of what party (your team) is in power. Get over the fact Dems represent the working man – I do not believe the Ivy League hangs around with members of the IBEW. If you really believed in the socialistic principles of which you espouse why not compete against Harvard Business School and train people in Command Economies? Didn't think so!

    January 6, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  10. Independent_me

    Bush is just placing a bunch of incompetents (as usual) in cushy jobs. He doesn't care about the country. They'll just be spoilers and they'll do whatever they can to screw things up for Obama.

    January 6, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  11. NickNas

    This man will do as much damage as possible as long as possible.

    January 6, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  12. white plains mark

    this ignoramus just doesn't know when to quit, does he?

    January 6, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  13. WOW In Cali

    I just read some of these comments. Some of you REALLLLLLLLY need to come join the rest of us who do not wear tinfoil hats.

    January 6, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. Derek from MA

    Wow, what is he thinking? This makes him no different from the accused Illinois governor who tried to appoint the senator to replace Obama.

    January 6, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  15. kyzaadrao

    How all of Bush's last minute activities that last past his term are legal boggles me.

    January 6, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. bill for barack

    Just Bush being Bush – out to destroy America until the final possible second – when he grants himself a pardon.

    January 6, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  17. REG in AZ

    Next will come the questionable pardons, as with these appointments, paying back favors both past and future. Nancy Pelosi simply blew it when she decided not to pursue the well justified impeachment of both Bush and Cheney.

    January 6, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  18. Lenny Schmitt

    My business is booming. I know most people do not like reading about positive stories but here is one. I quit school after the ninth grade, I spent time in jail and was addicted to drugs. To make matters worse I was in a car accident and left permanently disabled. I am now married and have three children. I own my own business and my annual income is over $200,000.00. Congressman Jessie Helms gave me a hand up years ago. He ignored my past and gave me a chance. Our politicians are not perfect but I believe they try to do what is right. We are a country built by people who overcome difficult situations. If your life is not what you want it to be get off your butt and change it. Stop blaming everyone but yourself.

    January 6, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  19. Pat

    Good!

    January 6, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  20. chuck

    WHY IS THIS SCUMBAG ALLOWED TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS ON THIS DAY.IT'S EITHER GEORGE BUSH IS DRUNK OR THE DRUGS TAKEN ARE HAVING AN EFFECT ON HIM. THIS IDIOT AND WAR CRIMINAL SHOULD BE IN JAIL.

    January 6, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  21. Proud American

    Calm down calm down, Jan. 20th at noon, God will smile on America.

    January 6, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  22. Neutral

    Why are people so angry about these appointments??? It's not like he's abusing his power. Every President does the same thing before they leave office. Just because Its Bush that's doing this that doesn't mean he doesn't have a right to make such LEGAL moves. The far-left loonies are so hateful of Bush that basically anything he does is considered "wrong" even though he has every legal right to do so!!!

    January 6, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  23. Gonzo in Houston

    This may be perfectly legal, but it is blatantly, wretchedly unethical. Stick around, folks, you ain't seen nothin' yet! On Jan 19-20 W will pass out more pardons to more high-level administration staffers than the last dozen presidents combined. Reagan and Clinton pardoned one cabinet minister apiece. W will pardon at least 6, plus their top staff.

    January 6, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  24. Andy

    The US Holocaust Memorial Council. Do they really need that many people? What do they do? How much of my tax money will these folks get? How the heck do I get one of these cushy appointments?

    January 6, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  25. The Lady

    January 20, 2009--Cant wait.

    January 6, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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