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. Citizen of America

    What a waste...

    Obama should be making the decisions now. This Bush guy has been a lame duck President since the day he took office, with Cheney and his PNAC cronies ruling by fear and corruption.

    Don't think for a second that We the American People have forgot about all of their involvement in 9/11.

    Soon, there will come a reckoning the likes this Country has never seen, with all of these fools being brought to justice for the crimes they have committed against America and the World.

    On this Holiday, I wish for Peace and Justice.

    December 25, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. shirley Johnson

    Sorry, but Carter negotiated with Castro to bring Cubans to the US who happened to be serving jail terms. We had some problems because of that. He also did not "give away" the Panama Canal. That turned out OK, just Carter's blind luck. And what about the Iranian fiasco? Also, Bush did not ask his young daughter what she would do in a nuclear crisis. Then CARTER had the nerve to say that Bush was the worst president we had ever had. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Now we can LET IT GO!! Save your backbiting for the end of Obama's term.

    December 25, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Obama-Biden 08-No Excuses

    Bush the worst President in history? Only if you take Carter and other off the list.
    Grow up.

    December 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Steve R

    Nice decision making on that pardon, "W". Never in history has a pardon been rescinded yet W does it on the way out. I bet they fear that more indictments are coming for that guy, but they'll keep the donations, thanks. He's actively commitiing the crimes he's being pardoned for!!! Unbelievable

    December 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Rob least these are positions that dont seem to be able to hurt anyone. Im sure the advisory positions will have all their advice taken with a grain of salt by the new administration.


    December 25, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Rick

    I can't help but think most of you who have commented are obama jock sniffers. These appointments are done by each outging president.

    Bush haters, you need to realize that the mideast is and was a hornets nest that was growing angrier by the day. Children were being indoctrinated to hate America. G.W. made mistakes but I am thankful that he put a stabilizing force in a region that cultivated people to hate you and I so much that they would blow themselves up trying to kill us and our kids. It will be decades before he is judged correctly. I can compare this hate Bush mentality to day traders. They need gratification right now and only see the immediate future.

    December 25, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Kent

    To CNN:
    Why have a story with no background information? You didn't tell us the history of these appointments? You didn't tell us if these appointments require congressional approval? You didn't tell us if the President-Elect could reject theses apointments ?

    CNN, get back to real journalism and give us some facts not just HOT BUTTON headlines! PLEASE COME BACK TED TURNER!!!!

    December 25, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. shirley

    Made a mistake. Carter DID give away the Panama Canal, which we built.

    December 25, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. michael williams

    Wake-up America!! This is more evidence that modern society in this nation has allowed Washington to play with our tax dollors any way they please. Bush has produced more wealth than any president in history. To bad the wealth is for his contributors, friends, family, and lobbyist. I pay tax dollors for service that I am not receiving. But pork
    seems to be more important than human beings by these moderm day politicians. Greed and power is what motivates them. They have what you and I pay taxes for but don't get. Hospitalization, education,
    for there kids, safe neighborhoods, nutritious food and decent housing. Bush is just another example of Americans turning A blind eye to whats really going on in this country. Don't blame Bush. The fault is with all of us. Demand better!!!

    December 25, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Lew

    January 20, 2009!!!! A date that will live in history! And by the way, a date that just can't come soon enough to salvage what precious little is left of this nation's honor after this bunch of "me firsters." Infantile.

    December 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Daniel

    I dislike this president as much as anyone. His failure is historic in size. I think that he will be remembered, well secured in the bottom 10 if not the bottom 5. But, lets separate the Hyperbole from the reality. To call this the most corrupt action of a president in history is an insult to those corrupt politicians who have occupied the office. Compare this to Nixon? Please.

    This is just party loyalty appointments. Nothing unusual to see here.

    December 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Anthony

    26 more days and Bush continues to work at his biggest accomplishment: worst President in the history of the United States.

    The record is so clear.

    December 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Robert

    Condoleeza Rice is a concert-level pianist – good pick for the Kennedy Center. I have never supported Bush, but I don't see any problems with these appointees. Obama has plenty of other appointments to worry about, so Bush is probably helping him out – most of these boards and commissions look pretty non-partisan to me. Please note that Rove wasn't appointed to anything (I'd be against that!), one of his deputies was.

    December 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Robert

    Right now Bush is only appointing these people, they still have to be confirmed by the House and Senate which don't convine until January 6th. Also Once Obama gets in there he may have the power at that point to make appropriate changes

    December 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. John

    Obama should have his attorney general direct federal agents to spread out on January 21, and perp-walk Bush, Cheney and all the other thugs that have been destroying the environment, constitution, and economy for the past eight years straight to jail. Some right-wing Bush appointed judge can let them out later. That is, unless Obama wants to use Bush's policy of suspended habeas corpus to keep them there forever. That's what should be done.

    December 25, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. testy in texas

    The house and senate have been controlled by the repugnicans for 8-10 years. Now you say the democratic led senate ( the last 2 years ) is at fault...I don't understand how intelligent people can see what has been happening the last 8 years and still stick their heads in the sand and blame the democrats for everything. Dubya bankrupted Texas and then, the United States of America. Sorry he is moving back to Texas....I agree with the Dixie Chicks

    December 25, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. jon smith

    Nice John,

    More lies from rethugs like yourself. Obama DID release his full birth certificate, that's why the supreme court has turned down cases challenging his right to serve as president. How about you form a thought independent from the Rush's butt.

    December 25, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. mamie

    1 more thing....everyone blames the big business for the economy going in the crapper...but reality is it is them and all those people who got a 250k home while only making 30k a year...We all need to live within our means and now people are learning that things were to good to be true. Good thing Bush gave tax cuts and I was able to save more of my hard earned $$ so I can get by in these tough times.
    Now that my taxs will go up to pay for all the Democrats and Obamas plans(and they will go way up for everyone who actually works for a living) I will need every penny.
    Dont get me wrong...I am a Republican but Obama was elected president so good or bad I will support him and stand by him. I like that he is young and smart. it is just some of his policies that I do not care for. I do however, not think that he is the chosen savior as most Democrats do. Now that Democrats rule the land they think Champagne and Cavier will flow freely in the streets....But who is going to pay for all of it?

    December 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    9/11 TRUTH

    Would anyone explain to me why building # 7 went down at the world trade center, Look at all of the people who died at the world trade center, Go talk to the people of New York who have illnesses due to the 9/11 Thanks again George Bush and family

    December 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Enlightened Voter

    Jim Anderson Gresham Oregon – I honestly feel sorry for people like you, you are so brain washed and full of blind hatred and obedience you honestly don't know that you don't know. It's people like you and your kind that have ALREADY destroyed America.

    December 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Kevin in Boston

    Can Obama reverse these appointments? CNN should answer that question in their report. Nothing like good ole cronyism in Bush's last days. So the taxpayers pay the salaries for these plum jobs and nobody in the new administration will listen to them, will they? So what's the point? Another big waste of taxpayer money, Thanks Bushie!

    December 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Jeanne Bean

    CNN, I think you have some more explaining to do regarding this article. Others besides myself have questions. Why is he doing this, and can Obama UNdo it?

    December 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. PhilT

    All presidents make these appointments near the end of their terms. It's political payback. There is no issue here.

    The real issue is W, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, etc. should be tried for crimes against the citizens of the U.S.A. The lies and misuse of power from this administration is despicable and will hopefully haunt them the rest of their lives, though I doubt they are men of conscience.

    December 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. JW

    The Bush War Profiteer Company lives on! Does anyone have the tracker symbol for this company? I need to invest in them.

    December 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. bob miller

    you liberals, those of you who are haters, must be forgiven. i just came from a town of haters-ithaca new york,-and there wern't even christmas light up. What dreary lives you all lead. God Bless!

    December 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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