April 18th, 2008
09:16 AM ET
14 years ago

Official: Bush to nominate new HUD secretary

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush will nominate Steve Preston to replace Alphonso Jackson as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a senior administration official said Friday.

The nomination must be voted on by the Senate.

Preston administers the Small Business Administration, a job he began in July 2006. That agency advocates on behalf of small businesses, helps advance the economy and assists in rebuilding efforts following a disaster.

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Chris Banner

    Bush is the worst president of the U.S.A ever.... Let me explain: Driving us towards a recession and ignoring it at the same time is completely out of touch...But does he really care about average americans who suffer on a daily basis to get their mortgage paid up? I think NOT
    When he sits down in his Texas ranch counting millions and millions, why would he care less ?
    And let's not even talk about the Iraq war, .... Bush step down please

    April 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. ***AMERICAN***

    Why, he is almost out of office. I guess with the housing issues HUD is probably a pretty busy place.

    April 18, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. sozzi

    IMPEACH NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. jw, canadian,ok

    You're asking somebody to sail on the Bushtanic, knowing the ship has been taking on water for 7 years?

    April 18, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. Susan MO

    Bill. Bill I am under sniper fire here in Bosnia!! Why did you send me and your only child to Bosnia? Bill are you there?

    What's that noise I am hearing? ... Bill?

    Moncia, Moncia take bill d..k out of your mouth!!!


    I getting too old for this sh.t.


    HILLARY 2012

    April 18, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. Grif

    Mustr be changing the Lock's, to keep Obama out of the White House...

    April 18, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Greg, NY

    jw, canadian,ok April 18th, 2008 9:50 am ET

    You're asking somebody to sail on the Bushtanic, knowing the ship has been taking on water for 7 years?

    That is a terrible metaphor. This administration isn't sinking. It's soaring!

    He's asking someone to take a ride on the Bushindenburg!

    (Modified from Stephen Colbert 😉 )

    April 18, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. Karen Johnson-Boston

    Who cares! This person will only work for what 8 or 9 months.

    I guess that is a job opening..
    However, what about the 80,000 american out of work!

    Is he going to fix that problem too?

    April 18, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Johnny Boy

    DOWN WITH bush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Joe, Chicago

    The negligent media is too busy arguing about whether Obama is wearing a lapel pin to focus on this!!
    Alphonso Jackson was forced to resign. Bush's appointment of his Dallas Neighbor represents cronyism and corruption at it's worst. Jackson is responsible for the indifference and neglect of HUD, which has worsened our housing problems. Please do yourself a service and look into this for real and know what has been really happening in this country!!!

    April 18, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. RealityKing

    And these are the clowns that will be "rescueing" the housing market with BILLIONS of our tax dollars.....(eyes rolling)!!

    April 18, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. Alex H

    Joe, Chicago – Yeah definitely. And while everyone is at it, look at other examples of cronyism in the Clinton White House before you cast your vote this year and think about it.

    April 18, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. A REAL American

    Look at all the Bush-hate going on here.... typical for ANY article that even mentions the word "Bush". Yet the article really has little to do with the president, so why not take a cheap shot?

    By the way Chris Banner, I've a question for you.... is Bush supposed to just come right out and say "Folks, we are now in a recession?" Real smart!

    April 18, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    Come on home Frat. You were there long enough.

    Yes We Can & Yes We Should
    Obama 08'

    April 18, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. TheLeftNut

    Criteria for HUD Sectretary:

    Whoever could say "Yes, Mr President" the fastest.

    April 18, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. P

    Joe, Chicago: this is not representative of just the Republicans...politicians, presidents, will always appoint people close to them regardless of their qualifications for the job at hand (look at B. Clinton appointing CIA directors with no qualifications in intelligence and not wanting the job)...Hillary and Obama would be no different...

    April 18, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. TheLeftNut

    Criteria for HUD Secretary:

    Whoever could say "Yes, Mr President" the fastest.

    April 18, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. Travis

    small business administation? does he have ANY housing experience? typical Bush nomination...

    April 18, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. Peejay

    Susan MO – As eloquent and charming as your comment is, do you think you (and the media as well) could stay on message?

    I don't envy Mr. Preston – he has his work cut out for him.

    April 18, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Cynthia

    How much longer will President Bush be in office? Hopefully things will get any worse before the new President comes into office – let them make the choice.

    April 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Independent

    So what,-– who cares ??

    April 18, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. Diana

    What I find more appalling–and most annoying–than Bush's presidency (an oxymoron) is the fact WE have let him remain in office.

    Why have WE allowed him to stay in office? Take a vacation, BUsh, til Jan 2009.

    Oh, by the way, Bush and his entourage wear flag pins. How's that workin' for us? Geez.

    Kansas City, MO

    April 18, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. j

    Hey Jr. !!!!!! It`s the ECONOMY , -- STUPID !!!!!

    April 18, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. MD

    Here we go again. Bush has not made one sane choice for any position in his life. I am waiting for the other shoe to drop on this one too.

    April 18, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. John W in NC

    Who Cares? Nothing will change until Obama is sworn in in January.

    April 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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