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. Can't believe the hate!

    Rob,
    Take two aspirin and go to bed.......
    Wow!

    January 6, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. Diana Lowry

    It is bad enough that President Bush has left his terrible legacy for the past eight years. Now at the last moment he is capitilizing on his presidency to make last-minute appointments of positions of power for those who may or may not deserve said appointments. If his presidency had ended with a strong economy and succesful foreign policy achievements, his appointments would no doubt be more acceptable, but his most recent endowments will probably be met with suspicion by many. The people appointed should refuse these positions, in light of Bush's overwhelming negative approval ratrings, but probably they will gladly accept these positions in light of their own personal aims for power and success. I hope I am wrong.

    January 6, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. observer

    President Bush has every right to appoint whoever he deems fit to various positions. It is the discretion of the President and we should respect that. We may disagree/agree with his policies but we have to respect the position and the authority that comes with it. Last but not the least, people in every country of the world get leaders they deserve.

    January 6, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. Pat

    Skiplicious January 6th, 2009 9:07 pm ET
    I love how Bush sympathists . . .
    ________________

    Hey, "Skiplicious," whatever THAT means - – the word the word is "sympathizer." But, of course, you wouldn't know that! Know what dictionary is? Of course, not!

    January 6, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. sa

    to Brad:
    Look in the mirror first.

    January 6, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  6. bruce FORMER REPUBLICAN FROM MA.

    I am reminded that I have been led to believe..." as you sow, so shall you reap"... I would like to believe this is true and I would like to believe that these and all other appointments like them from this "President" will fall upon his shoulders and forever be worn
    there by him as a wreath of shame for the damage he has done to OUR country, MY country, the world, and my grandchildren, may God have mercy upon him because I have none for him.

    Yup its that old(69 yrs)-white-retired guy from Ma. former Republican
    COUNTING THE DAYS...IS IT OVER YET..!!! ARE WE THERE YET!!
    Bruce

    January 6, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. bud

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

    January 6, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Frances

    I hate to say this to those who think these appointments are "harmless", but you are so WRONG!

    Think about these three:

    "...includes attorney general Michael Mukasey, deputy national security advisor Elliott Abrams, and Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff."

    You think these guys are harmless? OK–I have this bridge I'd like to sell you since you are that gullible.

    January 6, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. eric

    Bush is a dirtbag! Now he leaves us with an infection that will bleed
    the country even further. I would suppose these "people" get paid?
    By who? US

    January 6, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. Pat

    INDEPENDENT January 6th, 2009 9:39 pm ET
    BUSH IS AN IDIOT!!
    __________________________

    YOU are an idiot! How do ya like that?

    January 6, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. Terry B.

    As with anyone with the exception of members of congress who serve in government "serve at the pleasure of the President" thus the new President can "unappoint" them as he sees fit...

    January 6, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. Brandon

    Congress should either just eliminate the jobs, or refuse to fund the salaries. bush is determined to destroy as much as possible, and make it as hard as possible to undo his disasters when his sorry behind is finally a bitter and billious memory. I guess bush wants to prove that not impeaching him two years ago along with cheney was a larger mistake than anyone could possibly have guessed.

    January 6, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  13. frank Honolulu HI

    He's not going down without ruining what he can before he goes. We now know who we have to look out for.....He gave us a list.

    January 6, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. SMR

    NO ROOM TO TALK BRAD,LOOK AT YOUR OWN STATEMENT BEFORE COMMENTING ON OTHERS WHAT A DORK!!!

    January 6, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. ERIC, MN

    I HATE TO SEE HIM GO I THINK HE IS GREAT PRES. HE MADE AMERICA SAFER AFTER SEP. 11, AND STRONGER ALSO .LOWER TAXES . THE ECONOMIC PROBLEM, AND HOUSEING WAS CLINTONS THING HE STARTED IT BECAUSE HE WANTED EVERYONE TO BUY A HOUSE EVEN IF THEY COULD NOT PAY FOR IT !!! ( HOUSING ACT )
    -------------------------------–
    Man are you delusional! So Bush made us safer after 9/11? WHAT ABOUT 9/11? All of you idiots on the right blame clinton for everything. According to you morons Bush hasnt done anything wrong. Everything that went good during his presidency(which really isnt much) is all because of Bush. Yet, everything that went horribly wrong is all Clintons fault. No wonder I country is going to hell in a hand basket. We have idiots like this that actually get to vote. Priceless!!

    January 6, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  16. Steve

    To those of you that have made such vial comments, do you have any respect for the office of the president?? Most presidents make such appointments before leaving office and most are unpaid positions. As I recall Bill Clinton made some pretty controversial appointments and decisions during his last days in office. And look at the mess that Obama has made of his latest nominations. If you want to complain so much, why don't you appoint yourself to a volunteer organization that helps someone in need and do something positive for the great country that gives us the right to express our opinion.

    January 6, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  17. Texas Teacher

    As I take another look at that Bush pic.... I have to say that if you imagine him painted red and put a couple of horns on his head.... you would have the exact picture of the stereotypical image of the Christian Devil! right down to the pointed ears! Wow.... mind boggling! Take another look.... see if you don't agree? *LOL*

    January 6, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. Beth

    Eli Manning AND Les Miles???

    SEC! SEC! SEC!

    January 6, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. Johnbo

    Bush is SCUM!!

    So many examples to support this statement but anyone that counts Elliot Abrams and Michael Mukasey among his friends would qualify just on that fact.

    Any questions? I didn't think so.

    January 6, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  20. mark l holland

    Bush the Son is trying everything that he can to undermine Obama. I consider Bush the Son to be the greatest threat to America then any other threat including Lauden.

    January 6, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  21. dr.mimi de la cruz

    GOOD GOING GEORGE !!!

    WE DESERVE EVERY BIT OF IT.

    ANY NATION THAT WOULD GIVE GEORGE MORE THAN 25%

    OF THE VOTE, DESERVES 100% OF THE GEORGE & WE GOT IT.

    WE WILL BE PAYING FOR THE

    GEORGE VOTE FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS.

    January 6, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  22. ERIC, MN

    I love how the republicans on here are so delusional. Everything that went well during Bush's presidency (which isnt much) is all Bush's doing. Yet everything that went wrong is all Clintons fault. How dumb is this country? You republicans keep saying Bush kept us safe after 9/11. WHAT ABOUT 9/11!! Wait, let me guess, that was all Clintons fault. In case all of you delusional republicans havent figured this out, YOU GOT CREAMED IN THE ELECTION. BUSH'S APPROVAL RATING IS 27%. OBVIOUSLY MOST OF THE COUNTRY DISAGREES WITH YOU MORONS. THAT AT LEAST MAKES ME FEEL A LITTLE BETTER. ONLY THE DIEHARD REPUBLICANS ARE STILL TRYING TO DEFEND BUSH!! PRICELESS!!!!

    January 6, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  23. Larry in Houston

    Obama needs to reverse these so called "appointments" .....
    all he has to do is .....to get an attorney to reverse those appointments..........all they are is a distraction for the american taxpayer......and WE are the ones who have to pay THEIR Salary !!

    He is doing a favor for those people who need those Jobs, but Obama can give those Jobs to his OWN People, he so choses !

    Larry C.
    Houston, Texas

    January 6, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  24. ERIC, MN

    KL;JXFGB

    January 6, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  25. Bill

    A fix for this one is easy.

    Add to the law that allows these appointments, and specify any appointments made by a president last for a maximum of 90 days after he leaves office.

    (I give 90 days so the new president has _some_ continuity in the very early days, when it would be most disruptive, while limiting the impact of appointments like this.)

    January 6, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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