December 25th, 2008
01:38 PM ET
14 years ago

Bush announces new appointments for 24 aides and supporters

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Bush announced new appointments for two dozen aides and supporters Christmas Eve."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Christmas came a few hours early for two dozen White House officials and supporters Wednesday, who were appointed to three- to six-year positions on government committees and councils.

The full list released by the White House – which includes Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Karl Rove deputy Israel Hernandez – after the jump.


Personnel Announcement

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to appoint 24 individuals to serve in his Administration.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, for terms of four years:

–Carol Ann Bartz, of California;

–Maria Cino, of Virginia;

–Israel Hernandez, of Texas.

The President intends to appoint Jennifer E. Sims, 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 Mark Sanford, of South Carolina, (Governor), to be a Member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, for the remainder of a four-year term expiring 06/10/09.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee:

–Kevin R. Johnson, of Washington;

–Kay Sears, of Virginia.

The President intends to appoint John M. Hart, of Maryland, to be a Member of the National Capital Planning Commission, for a six-year term beginning 01/02/09.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Commissioners of the United States Section of the United States-Russia Polar Bear Commission, for an initial term of four years:

–Geoffrey L. Haskett, of Alaska, (Federal Representative);

–Charles J. Johnson, of Alaska, (Alaska Representative).

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, for six-year terms expiring 10/23/14:

–Sander R. Gerber, of New York, to be Vice Chair;

–Charles E. Cobb, of Florida, (Public);

–Carlos M. Gutierrez, of Michigan;

–Barry Jackson, of Ohio.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the Federal Service Impasses Panel, for five-year terms expiring 01/10/14:

–Barbara Bruin, of New Mexico;

–Mark A. Carter, of West Virginia;

–Grace Flores Hughes, of Virginia.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:

–Nancy Goodman Brinker, of Florida, for the remainder of a six-year term expiring 09/01/14;

–Condoleezza Rice, of California, for the remainder of a six-year term expiring 09/01/14;

–Leonard Sands, of California, for the remainder of a six-year term expiring 09/01/13.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board:

–Jean Loretta Becker, of Texas, for a three-year term expiring 09/22/11;

–Gary R. Edson, of Illinois, for a three-year term 09/22/11;

–Anita B. McBride, of Connecticut, for the remainder of a three-year term expiring 09/22/11;

–James L. Oblinger, of North Carolina, for a three-year term expiring 09/22/11.

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  1. JO

    Merry Christmas everyone!! PEACE on Earth .. especially to all the commentators ranting here!

    December 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Lou

    President Bush has the right to grant pardons and make appts. until 12 noon, Jan 20th. I hope he appoints hundreds of people to block B. Husseins tax increases, spending increases, defense cuts, etc.

    December 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Brian

    E Simmons..What are you talking about, this transition team. All Obama is doing is making his cabinet mostly old Clinton cronnies. Is this the CHANGE that we should expect? Already showing himself to be a politician. Nothing new, just a different name and party affiliation. Not bashing Obama, because I will support him since he will be president, but don't think that it is the allmighty coming to power. 99 percent of politicians are the same. Scheming and coniving. As for the bankrupting comment, you may want to read up on the "sub prime mortgage" scheme and see who pushed for the loans to happen. It was not Bush, but two different Democratic presidents.

    December 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. honestly

    Throw SHOES at Scrub! What a low life he is.

    December 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Politics Aside

    Yes I may not agree with this, however Clinton appointed Emanual to the Fannie May board at $231,000 a year. You can see what happened to that and now he is chief of staff. That housing crisis is not without some blame and if I am correct the Democartic contol legislative branch chose to ignore all the warning signs. Reality is that both parties saw this coming and power is why we are where we are today as a country. It is impossible to believe that this adminstration and this do nothing legilative branch did not see this approaching. Foreclosures grew 24 months in a row and we heard nothing. We have committees in both houses who along with the adminstration said nothing. The shame is that we have a two party system that conveniently lets us blame either one. We need to stand up and realize we are allowed to be pawns until we unite and vote them all out. We don't need flawed leadership built on party success we need real leadership built on truth and honesty. No one and I mean no one is innocent of this disaster and the sooner we stop blaming and look at the facts the sooner we flourish as a country.

    December 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Tom Dawson

    Well, what he didn't do with the Pardon List, he's certainly doing here and with our tax money....It would be interesting for someone to figure what we're gonna be paying all these jokesters over the term of their appointments to these "committees" and what-have-you's.

    December 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. chris

    Lets cut those terms short and replace them all with prison terms. And let us not wait until after Jan 20.

    December 25, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. mike

    I dont think Americans truly realize the damage Bush has inflicted on the country. I can't believe he allowed torture. That is just unbelieveable.

    December 25, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Larry

    'Jim' wote:

    But this story is not as important as the one below it that The Chosen One is having turkey and ham today!

    Think about, Jim.......Every elected official is a 'Chosen One', but I understand where you are coming from........PURE HATE!!!!

    Peace and Blessings,


    December 25, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Johnny the Boy

    Its amazing how utterly uneducated the Obama moron backers are.

    Bush's term ends January 20, 2009,

    Its's December 25, 2008.

    Basoc subtraction yields a difference of ..... 26 earth days.

    Obama, the logo president elect does not become President until he is sworn in at that time.

    Get over yourselves and keep watching Oprah.

    December 25, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Judy

    Regrettably, this is what lame duck Presidents do – no matter their skill, their party or their popularity. He's not evil for doing it. People try to still be "nice" to them in order to obtain appointments, etc. I am sure Clinton, Bush, Sr, Carter, Reagan, they all did this.

    The problem with these appointments is our total lack of faith in Bush's ability to choose capable people. One after one they have proven not to have the ability or intellect to perform their jobs. Rice is top of the list. So to have them appointed past the term of the incoming administration means that ineptitude will outlive Bush and Obama. That's something the country did not need.

    December 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Mel Johnson

    Can anybody out there say, "Marbury v. Madison"?

    December 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. SGray

    It is unfortunate that Bush has never received the respect he deserves. The man came into an office full of baggage from Clinton. That nasty baggage fell open during his administration and he has received blame for it (mortgage crisis happend because of Clinton feeling the need for everyone to be able to get one – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – lest anyone forget!) 911 could have happend under any President, and Bush handled it the way I would expect a President too – "Don't Mess with the USA"! I wish everyone who bashes him had to be in his shoes for a day, so they could realize what a difficult job he faces each day. I think you would quickly shut your mouth and be glad that you have your 8a-5p job and not that of the President. I am glad that he is looking out for some of his valued employees and has found positions for them to continue working for the Public in areas that their interest or expertise. Happy Holidays!

    December 25, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Okie from Muskogee

    All you Bush bashers out there , just wait until Obama has his perverted way awhile, you will forget all about Bush

    December 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. joe

    the fact that we are spending billions and walking around scared, being spyed on, kidnapped, et al, proves that the terriorist are winning! thanks george for making america a third world country!

    December 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. capnmike

    I (and many other patriotic Americans) sincerely hope that Barak Obama can get rid of as many of these Bushistas as possible, and begin to heal the nation Bush has worked so hard to destroy. Hopefully many of them will also be investigated and tried for their corruption. Including Bush, Rumsfield and Cheney, who definitely belong in jail.

    December 25, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. Greg M

    So much for the party of inclusiveness and freindship and tolerance. I am really glad that on Christmas Day there are forums like this one so that the haters from the Democratic party have a place to spew their venom thus allowing the public can see them for what and who they are.

    December 25, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. virginia for obama

    @ Griff & THE OLD TIMER that is on the other blogs. You two should

    be on someone's couch. Yall got it bad. Its a shame you two are

    going to die being bitter over things that you cannot control. What a

    way to have lived. I really feel sorry for you.

    December 25, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. joe K

    The sad thing is when things get worse, and they will, Obama will get blamed. Bush has made such a mess of our nation that we may never recover. I don't understand why anyone would want to be president following the Bush regime. Obama is either really up for one of the biggest challenges any US president has ever had to face, and believes he can fix things – or Obama is simply insane for wanting such a job.

    December 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. larry

    would you expect anything less from the biggest pile of crap that ever walked in front of the White House(?)...much less lived there!

    December 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. Joel Smock

    For better or worse, love him or hate him, if President Bush is operating within the rules of his position and the office it represents, then what more ought to be said about it. Some of us may not agree with it and deeply dislike it to the point where we relish poking holes in his policies, appointments and impending legacy (whatever this may be), but one thing is certain: we must surely learn to tolerate his decisions until January 20th, 2009 arrives. Hopefully, the President elect will not become so consumed by fixing the mistakes so as to become ineffective as the new president. It will be interesting to see how our historians and political scientists will observe and write about the change of leadership and its impact on one's ability to govern, and its impact on one's legacy arising out of hindsight.

    December 25, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Progressive Paul

    Hey Republics!

    You always contend the "W" has kept us safe since 9/11/01. Did you happen to forget that he became President on 1/20/01?

    I think you also forgot that Republics controlled both houses of Congress from 1995 to 2007. I think that was about the period of time the economy was set up to go to heck in a handbasket.

    You and "W" have done more damage after 9/11/01 than any terrorist or terrorist group could have ever imagined doing to our country and its residents.

    Republics and their elitism has produced a near depression right about now and it certainly looks like it is very similar to when another Republic, Herbert Hoover, was in the White House.

    It will be amazing to read in the future that "W" was so much worse for our country than Hoover ever was, and he was a fairly poor President.

    Now don't go out there and talk highly of the first Republic President. He did something that not even "W"'s dad did after he secured Kuwait, he freed slaved in a foreign country (Confederate States of America).

    Lincoln couldn't free slaves in the United States of America in 1863 because they were already free.

    Lincoln was dead before the Confederate States of America was abolished and slavery in that country was gratefully elimated.

    Slavery is wrong no matter what part of the world it is still practiced in.

    G.H.W. Bush secured Kuwait for the rulers of that country, but he did nothing to end slavery in that country.

    And to think, G.H.W. Bush sent American Troops, many of them African American into Kuwait, where many African Americans still serve and slavery continues.

    Talk about hypocracy within the Republic party!

    December 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. NMR

    This is symptomatic of the disease that affects Washington and all elected officials, doesn't matter who did it before or whose doing it now. Political patronage is wrong, a strong message needs to be sent to all elected officials of all parties. You are public servants, not kings, lords, nobles and such, stop serving your own special interests and agenda;s and start serving the best interest;s of this country!!

    December 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Ken- Long Island

    Just what we need, a dysfunctionality coefficient going forward.

    December 25, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. USconscience

    I just love the way Republican's posting on here justify these appointments by saying, "Clinton did it, and that was a real abuse of power," to paraphrase a few.

    When you appoint people that were a part of the WORST ADMINISTRATION EVER, would you really want these sycophants on any board of trustee's or committees??? This is part of the political servile landscape that is ruining America. People who will say or do anything for political leaders and be rewarded for it. Bush might as well go and pardon Scooter Libby, he fell on the sword for Cheney and did exactly what he was told to do, obstructing our justice system in the process but who cares, this political sycophant deserves to be pardoned.

    Then everyone will just shake their heads, say they can't wait until Bush is out of office, and rant on message boards, and Republicans will just say "Clinton did it, and that was a real abuse of power," to justify it, over and over.

    December 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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