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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  1. ariel

    I hope after the election that President Obama will offer George Bush the postion of US Representative to the War Crimes Commision at the Hague.

    April 18, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Independant-Voter

    Bush did buckle under the tough job he had at hand/Illegal imigrant situation ran amuck during his watch. NAFTA and the like exported our jobs!!??
    Even our defense system is being exported out of country as we speak/

    Boarder control is being attacked by the democrats at this time??
    The give envoirmental issues and laws broken there as to not going forward with our boarder control fence. put up the fence. It's a no- brainer that If we enforced the laws already on the books, that Illegal Aliens would not be a problem. Lots of spinles people in congress and bush is among them.

    It is time for change and Yes I am sorry I voted for Bush/Not near the man I thought him to be.
    It's Obama for me in the next go around as Change has got me very excited about the future.

    April 18, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Doug R.

    Our Supreme Court appointed president thinks he has redeemed himself because he met with the Pope.
    This entire administration is infested with corrupt and incompetent hacks who are self servicing and oblivious to the issues the American public is facing.

    April 18, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Mike

    Easy, Susan. You're gonna blow out an artery!

    April 18, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Common Sense

    Really don't think Bush was the worst President ever, But he ranks quite low for sure. Got to admit I voted for him. Seemed less of 2 evils at the time.
    Politics today is Party line/Cronyism/Lobbist Controlled and paid for by corporate interest/Pork Barreling/Earmarks/Pick and choose the laws on the books to enforce?/Bickering/In office to be served rather than to serve/Special Interest Pandering/Majority not represented/

    You get the idea/ Time for change.

    April 18, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    He should nominate Hillary so that way she'll have something to do.

    Hillary and Nader 2008

    April 18, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Mike - Texas

    If you think that Bush is the worst president ever then you would be wrong. Our terrorist loving ex president Jimmy Carter's approval rating was 5 points lower that President Bush's is right now.

    Under Carter, we had 18% interest rates and run away inflation. Under Carter, we had gas shortages and gas lines.
    Under Carter, we had stores running out of food because of the gas shortage.

    Carter led to one of our alies ,the Shaw of Iran, to be over thrown to give us the mess that we have in Iran today.

    Carter did more to mess up the country in 4 years than Bush has done in 8.

    April 18, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Richard, FL

    He is just another Bush cabinet member resigning under pressure for incompetence and abusing his office. The FBI is investigating him now. He has awarded contracts based entirely on politics and has said "Why should I reward someone who doesn't like the president, so they can use funds to try to campaign against the president? Logic says they don't get the contract. That's the way I believe."

    As a typical Bush appointee, he is just another reason why America should not continue this scandalous, immoral Republican adminstration with 4 more years. NO GW3 !

    April 18, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. April in Texas

    Well McCain will be another Bush just different name. Its the home stretch for the democrats and Obama is clearly in the lead.......

    Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Ken

    Susan, MO: boy, it sure is good to hear from you members of the [R] intelligencia.

    April 18, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. After further review,Texas

    I heard Barney is getting the job.Notice he is not going back to the fake ranch?

    April 18, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Ig

    Is President Bush still in office? Wouldn't know since he's been a no show since our current economic decline. Anyone know? Wikipedia maybe?

    April 18, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Danny

    JWB what about oil price? Please clean your house first before you leave. We don't need another guy because we don't have money to pay for him and China not going to loan your money to pay for HUD guy.


    Hillary or McCain 08 President.

    April 18, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Bayou Joe

    All of you ingrates are able to blog here because G.W. Bush has the Cojones to take on the Islamic Terrorists on their land and not ours.

    Our country was attacked and don't forget that. 9/11 is not just a number. It is a date of infamy that was worse than Pearl Harbor. Dec 7, 1941. At least the Japanese used their military and we were able to respond accordingly. The Jihadist hide behind women and children, murder innocent civilians and you bash our President.

    There are other countries not at war and if you think that they are better.get the hell out of mine. The borders are not closed and there are plenty of planes and boats to take you wherever you want to go.

    Don't have money. We can get enough Patriotic Americans to pay for your one way ticket.

    April 18, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. Ken

    Boy, Mr. Preston will have to work quickly to destroy the American housing market completely in order to be able to receive the Medal of Freedom from Busch. But he only needs to look to some of the past recipiants from Busch for the recipe on how to be awarded for a headlong dive into failure.

    April 18, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Who cares?!! Too little, too late! His so-called "administration" has gone to Hell in a hand basket!

    April 18, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Please, can he stay out of the news and not make any new decisions
    until Jan. 1, 2009.

    April 18, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Uncle Sam

    Where were the Bush critics when the economy was doing well for the previous five years? Why do we not hear of the millions of jobs that have been created and the sustained low unemployment rate, but are bombarded by only the negative statistics? When do we ever see in the media the progress that is being made on the ground in Iraq, such as the improved infrastructure, schools, businesses, etc.? And why do we think that we have not been attacked since 9/11? The problem with demonizing someone, including our president, is that it says more about us than it does him.

    April 18, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  19. Jack Walden

    Hasn't Bush done enough global damage already? What is the purpose of a disaster trying to nominate anyone to address disasters? The guy will be a disaster just like Bush.

    April 18, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    I hear that Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under the Clinton administration, is going to officially endorse Barack Obama later this afternoon. If true, it will be a telling endorsement to see one of the Clinton's loyal friends shine additional light on the daily absurdity of the Clinton campaign.

    Obama '08

    Tyrone Brown
    37th Legislative District State Delegate
    Seattle, WA

    April 18, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. ?

    And we care, why? He is irrelevant.

    America let's send him, Laura and those silly girls back home to Texas. He ruined this country, and he has the IQ of a turnip.

    Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. kevin

    I love the first comment about Bush driving us towards recession. It may be true that his policies are not pro-US economy, but the entire raising capital-gains taxes will CRUSH our economy. Both the DEMS and REPS are responsible with the move towards NAFTA and CAFTA and other trade agreements.

    If you raise capital-gains taxes, then where will our capital go? Duh, it would go to Mexico and other areas. Let's rethink the economic policies and work on REAL economic policy.

    April 18, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. The Bushernator

    After Harriet, Brownie, and Mr. I Can't Recall Gonzales, we the American people don't have faith in his selections. Good luck to all the government workers at HUD, I know you'll have to work extra hard for your paycheck with whatever loser Bush appoints.

    April 18, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. The Bushernator

    After Harriet, Brownie, and Mr. I Can't Recall Gonzales, we the American people don't have faith in his selections. Good luck to all the government workers at HUD, I know you'll have to work extra hard for your paycheck with whatever loser Bush appoints.

    April 18, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. I'm Bushed.

    I agree Kathleen. Just let him stay home, give him some toys, and don't let him make any decisions until his term is over.

    If he really wants to help, he can suit up and get his rear over to Iraq. The soldiers could use some help, his especially.

    April 18, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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