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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  1. suzyku

    Bush is a real creep! I hope there is a way that the Obama team can either reverse this or make these people irrelevant!

    January 6, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. Edward Bourelly

    Bush is rewarding all of his cronies for pulling off all of their lies and deceipt. All of these appointments were involved heavily with intel and money. He is a crook.

    January 6, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. Rob

    tHE REASON SO MANY PEOPLE ARE AGAINST ANY APPOINTMENTS BY BUSH IS BECAUSE OF HIS HISTORY OF TRYING TO DESTROY THIS COUNTRY WITH EVER ACTION HE DOES. hE EITHER LIES OR TRIES TO HIDE IT UNDER THE GUISE OF EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY. hE IS A TRAITOR TO ALL THAT WAS GOOD ABOUT amERICA. hE SHOULD BE TRATED WITH THE SAME DISTAIN AS THE GOVENER OF iLL. hE IS JUST AS CORRUPT AND NOTHER MORE THAN A DOMESTIC TERRORIST AND HE SHOULD BE SPENDING HIS TIME TRYING TO STAY OUT OF JAIL INSTEAD OF TRYING TO PLAN MEMBERS OF HIS NAZI GROUP IN POSITIONS TO SABATOGE THE COUNTRY FURTHER. aNYTHING bUSH SUPPORTS IS BAD FOR THE COUNTRY

    January 6, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. Jan Illinois

    How can anybody say that he is just doing what all other presidents have done? NO other president has ever done to Americans what this man has done to us. Defending him is a total waste of time . Everybody knows corruption when you see it. Simply admit that he was useless. Do you need a list, Iraq, Afghanistan, New Orleans, Katrina, economy , oil, no oversight on banking or w street, privatizing social sec., education , nothing for environment and on and on and on. Here's to hoping that there is never another one like him.

    January 6, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. CW

    Even if this is standard practice appointments, any damage Bush can still do just shows how weak this country is for not impeaching him for his post 9-11 Sadam falsehoods or trying him on war-crimes for torture and ignoring people's right to due process.

    Show the world we care America – no pardon for Bush / Cheney – they should pay, not be paid.

    Worst EVER! Counting the days...

    January 6, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. Ardy

    I do not see Bush appointing anyone from the Bin Laden's family to protect his oil rich family.....

    January 6, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. John

    The Justice Department should investigate each and every last one one of them!

    January 6, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. JD

    Anyone blaming President Clinton for anything currently happening needs to evaluate their biases. That was 8 years ago. Imagine if you are working somewhere for 8 years and blame an issue on your predecessor. No one would even remember who the person before you was much less allow you to use that excuse, and they would have expected you to have corrected the issue by that time anyway. You're just trying to deflect blame to save your internal image. Just admit it, he wasn't a very good President. It's no big deal. It happens more often than not.

    January 6, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. Bon

    As long as the pay checks to those appointees are not from his own pocket, do you think that he will care about? If I was Obama, I would make them powerless. The dead body wants to be incarnated but never succeeds.

    January 6, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  10. Taylor

    I don't understand why this is making people so mad. Yes, he was a bad president but there isn't anything controversial about ANYTHING that he has done here. This is a perfectly normal thing for a departing president to do.

    Move on people, it isn't like these appointees are going to be pushing Bush's agenda down our throats during Obama's presidency.

    January 6, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  11. Marilyn, Powell Ohio

    Jedd: what economy are you talking about? Clinton kept us safe also so don't give Bush any medals just yet. 9/11 happened on his watch because he ignored the warnings.

    January 6, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. Brick

    CNN, it isn't fair when you allow conservative bigots like Albo58 to say whatever they want, but put a lid on other people's viewpoints. Please post this message!

    Ablo 58:
    Comb your mullet, get back in your pickup, crack open a PBR and go home for a babymama-beating session. Don't forget to pop your kids one (if they are even yours). Does it make you feel better to denigrate (I know that's a big word) successful and qualified individuals instead of admitting that you are a worthless, most likely unemployed, undereducated trailer dweller? Makes you feel like a big man, doesn't it, Jethro?

    January 6, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. Tom

    And so the Bush legacy of failure and incompetance will live on. How sad this will be.

    January 6, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  14. Rick

    Sounds like a computer virus. It just keeps multiplying after the source is gone. His legacy is one of insidiousness and skullduggery. What a disaster!

    January 6, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. Simmy

    To jedd:

    Begging your pardon sir, if President Bush had been at the top of his (governing) game, he would have seem 9-11 coming and prevented it. There were warnings.

    To Irritated in FL:

    PE Obama "Screw something else up?" Surely you jest! Keep your head from under that rock, and pay attention.

    January 6, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  16. FactCheck

    I will so enjoy dancing on his grave when this abomination of a human being finally dies.

    January 6, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  17. Skiplicious

    I love how Bush sympathists always seem to remember how well he has protected us AFTER 9/11, however conveniently forgetting the job he did in that department ON 9/11.

    January 6, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  18. Taxpayer / voter / citizen

    Sleaze bag. The whole world throws shoes at you.

    January 6, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. Jazzbo

    The only ones dumber and more idiotic than Duuuuhhhhbbbbbyyyyaaaa are the idiots who still defend him

    January 6, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  20. Kim. Dallas, TX

    You know we don't always understand what former presidents have done that has been overlooked...most likely due to not having instant access to the internet. Why don't we all just try to get along. I don't care for Bush and his policies, and other than the drain on the economy, these are harmless positions for people to be appointed to. What I find so completely disheartening, is reading the hatred on these blogs. I have friends that I completely respect from both the Republican and Democratic party. I would never degrade a whole party because of disagreement with it's leaders and it's bloggers. I don't hate all Republicans for what I feel was the worst presidency ever these past eight years. We are all entightled to our opinions and not everyone in a given party is alike. For one, I am not a welfare seeking moron waiting for government handouts. I have a Bachelors degree and two Masters degrees, not to mention a rather well paying job and yet I agree wholeheartedly with the Democratic Party. I also am church-going and believe God would want us to look out for each other. Let's all take time out before spewing such hatred and try to see things from another's opinion....and even if we don't agree, let's give them a chance. I hope you can all get the hatred and anger out of your lives.

    January 6, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  21. andrea

    what a disgusting man!!!

    January 6, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  22. Pat Omaha, NE

    WOW!!! I'm impressed! Such high positions! I'd be so honored!!

    January 6, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. Texas Teacher

    I'll Do It My Way January 6th, 2009 8:07 pm ET

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

    Change we can believe in…..
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    My understanding is that PE cannot.... these are permanent appoints for whatever time they are allowed.... some up to six years and more.... This is an outrage in my book!

    January 6, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  24. Titi

    I feel sorry for Obama to have illiterate and ignorant supporters

    January 6, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  25. Brad

    To Rob: People with outrageously poor spelling and grammar such are yourself are far more detrimental to this country than anything Mr. Bush may have done in the last 8 years. I hope any children you may have don't suffer the same fate; generations of American progress are nullified by such poor education. Your accusations and outright slander against him are also quite distasteful. Next time, try exercising your First Amendment rights with a bit more tact and propriety.

    To everyone else who hates the President: He'll be gone soon... but he is still the President, and these appointments are perfectly legal. Go crawl under a rock for the next two weeks and when you emerge, the Messiah will be President.

    January 6, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
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