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. Joyce Cannone

    Will there be a formal ceremony for the appointments? Instead of shoes, perhaps folks could be there with rotten eggs.

    All that exists in nature is lyrical in its ideal essence, comic in its existence and tragic in its fate.

    W was never lyrical, nor comic........perhaps the last part will be true.

    December 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. andy

    I can't believe you folks are getting so worked up about some appointees to the Alaska-Russia Polar Bear Commission. Next, someone will screwm for impeachment for an appointee to the President's Office of Peanut Butter Viscosity Regulation Oversight.

    December 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. peter anania

    Thebiggest mistake the american voters made is still making us pay jan ,20 2009 I hope it come today DEC 25,2008. My christmas hope

    December 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. nonoy

    Bush is still president and can still exercise his duties. He may be the most unpopular president in US history but he is a man with principles. On the other hand, the new president -elect Obama is a man without principles whose only 'vision for change' is to change his mind when it suited him. For those of you who who elected Obama , God save America for we are now going to be a socialist state....

    December 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Robert S.

    I love the comments about Bush inheriting a Clinton recession.

    The fact is, Bush inherited a Clinton surplus, turned it into the biggest deficit in U.S. history, and left us a near depression economy as he waltzes his drunken buttt back to Texas where he belongs.

    December 25, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. dollorbilbil

    All you idiots that think just because the congress is democrat controlled it is their fault you need to go back to school. They only have real power if they can counter the veto of the president which they don't, so wake up and smell the roses it is bushes fault and will always be the idiots and those of the same ilk that have done our country in includung you dummies.

    December 25, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. independent square

    To this point "W"'s appointments, presidential pardons and executive orders are relatively minor in nature. Wait until you see what the worst president we've ever had dumps from his destructive bag of tricks during his few remaining days in office.

    December 25, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Mike Rodriguez

    To say that Mr. Bush has been the worse president ever for our nation is simply an understatement. He's been called all the names that afloat from anger and frustration; from idiot, to criminal, to nightmare;arrogant, incompetent, jerk,imbecile,corrupt, disgusting, and many more. These are only a sample of them and reflectingsentiment of an entire nation.

    But is to be blame for the elected? We the people who elects these idiots amongst and over hundreds of the bright, knowledge citizens.

    We have in our nation some of the brightest intellectuals of the world; possibly the most of them. From scientist to Nobel prize recipients in many disciplines; nevertheless, for years now we elected to the presidency men like Reagan, a real fake from Hollywood Cowboy movies to the White House, a running vice-presidente that couldn't spell potatoes. I could go on and on and you reading probably voted for some of these incompetent idiots. Your face was stuck to the tube for foottball instead tuned to the future of your nation.

    People abroad laugh at us and see us like idiots because of our choices for the highest public servers. Our own ignorance is projected in many ways; from our arrogance and ignorance to our international policies of State to our local politics.

    We've become a nation of the 'uneducated'; the whole world knows that. A high schooler from the poorest nation does better than our average high school student in our nation.

    Only a few bright minds, ironically many immigrants, seem to be on the right track about educating themselves for the bleak future.

    If education is an adornment is prosperity, and a necessity in hard times, like Aristotle stated in Helenic times, we'll need the educated and capable for our returning to economic and social prosperity again, if it ever happens.

    We've irresponsibly mortgage the future of our children and grand-children unbeknown to them. Wars and politics destroyed the Roman empire; we're tracing Rome.

    We're electing to public office the incapable. We wasted our best years; from the 50's to now and recovering will be difficult, if not impossible for at least 10 years before another economic cycle to shines again for us.

    How and when we don't know yet, and extending the inefficiency of our current policies appointing those who followed for 8 years the same path is un acceptable, yet nobody is protesting.

    I hope the new administration, envisioning a better presidency, removes the appointees selected by Mr. Bush.

    Yeah, i would like to call him a few names out of the frustration of my heart, but deserves my respect for he still represent this great nation i love.

    Let's E-mail our State Reps and ask them to take action in removing these appointees. Let Mr. Obama lead the way to a better future giving him the benefit of doubt for now.

    December 25, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. kurt

    The Declaration of Independence was signed by the 55 richest white men in America and the government they founded has always worked in the interests of the richest white men in America. That does not change whether the Democrats or Republicans are in power.

    Although I agree that Bush is probably the most damaging president we have ever had, I can't get worked up about these small-scale political paybacks he is attempting to push through during the Christmas news blackout.

    I remember that Clinton on his last day in office became the only president in history to pardon a fugitive from justice. The fugitive, billionaire Mark Rich, had fled the country to avoid prosecution for his violaton of the embargo against Iraq. He gave the Clintons at least $400,0000 dollars in campaign contributions prior to the pardon. He also donated to Clinton's presidential library but those amounts have not been disclosed. Clinton still draws a salary from contributions to his library.

    The pardon was so dirty that Clinton's own pardon crew would not touch it. He brought in someone else to prepare the papers at 3am on his last day in office without the knowledge of his own staff.

    If you think either political party cis ommitted to your well-being, I suggest you take a look at Howard Zinn's "History of the American People."

    December 25, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. patrick

    Clinton did the same in his final days- this is nothing new! What are all you Bush bashers going to do for the next 4 years! I'd suggest reading some history books- if you can find an unbiased one. Maybe study up on Chicago politics to view corruption at its best! Just wait-you'll see it unfold, if the media covers it.

    December 25, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Polit

    The dog guarding the hen house, not the retired one, is the one responsible for the hens.

    December 25, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Melinda Wester

    I wish I could serve on the US Russia Polar Bear Commission, but I'm not from Alaska. I'm from Arizona. Is there a cactus commission? I live next to cactus. I know what they're thinkin'. You betcha. Anyone see what's coming next? Could we please have 2009 before we have 2012?

    December 25, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Rob

    just re-reading some of the comments,
    looks like people (R) cant just let GW go. they still think hes a great leader (somehow) and cant face up to the fact that they got what they deserved in 2004. They got GW just being the Jack*ss all of us Dems knew he was from the start.
    ...and some advice for the future –
    ANY politician that gives you slogans like "drill baby drill" and does little more than bad mouth the opponent will only yield another empty suit like GW. anyone who insinuates they will overturn rowe v wade is also selling you a bridge. (how did it work out for you the last 8 years ? – rowe v wade is still here. bush didnt even scratch it )

    time to get with the 21st century people.

    chanting USA USA USA just aint enough anymore. we cant just sit on our laurels ( defined as: "To be satisfied with the degree of success one has already achieved and to refrain from further effort." such as world war II and leave it to beaver lifestyle) wont cut it.
    we need to become a great nation again ( YES that does mean that I think we are NOT one now, not by my standards – I think USA should be at the top of education and everything else for that matter.

    now we have a president who SEEMS to careabout us, not just his cronies. lets see what happens.


    December 25, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Vito


    Are you kidding me? Bill Clinton did not leave Bush any war. If anything Bush's father left Clinton a war... and not even that... it's more like Bush sr. left Bush jr. a war. And what are you talking about when you say recession?! Clinton left us with a multi-billion dollar surplus with one of the highest employment rates in U.S. history.

    You are your right-wing B.S. can take your ignorance somewhere else.

    and your solution to job cuts.... that's Fascism just so you know.... and I'm not kidding... that is the definition of a Hitler-esque government.

    December 25, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    After reading the majority of these comments, maybe our country should be re-named the United States of Bigotry. This is ridiculously sad- as a college student about to graduate next year and enter the "real" world, I have low expectations for the people of this country and it saddens me greatly. I only hope 2009 is better, if possible.

    December 25, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. 9/11 truth

    "The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them,"Yes George we are talking about you and the crimes you have committed starting with the 9/11 crime you committed.

    December 25, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Bush was not a bad President if you consider the recession Clinton left us in, the war that got dropped in his lap 9 months into his presidency. You people think we've had it bad the last 8 years? The liberal left is gonna screw up so much stuff now that our country is getting back on its feet.

    Unemployment is going to remain high because of the liberal left's handouts on welfare, and Obama's socialist views will cause so much unrest in the american people its not even funny.

    His presidency is going to lead to the racial divide of this country, you watch and see.

    My solution, anyone in my office that supported Obama that I know about……… the first to lose their job if I have to make job cuts………

    Sounds fair to me.

    This guy should be taken behind his barn and shot.

    December 25, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. Polit

    Remember that Bush is one who "SOCIALIZED" the banks and the mortgage industry. Bush and the republicans have so badly handled the first six year they had control that we now have a BLACK president. Obama can't destroy anything. Bush and Cheney already did. They destroyed our faith in our intelligence agencies, our credibility in the worldwide community, families of our misused military, our economy ................... etc.

    December 25, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Rob

    and btw ***Jim Anderson Gresham*** we AREN'T SUPPOSED TO HAVE any terrorist attacks.

    did GW's low expectations rub off on you ?

    we pay entirely too much money in taxes to have crap like that happen AT ALL.

    and are you serious when you say bush made SOME mistakes ? are you even paying attention ?


    December 25, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. GP

    Sure Bush may have prevented any attacks on American soil after 9/11. Can't prove a negative.

    But 9/11 happened on his watch. No spinning or revision of history will change this fact. I suspect the very persons posting here in support of Bush cried Bombs for Monica when Clinton went after Bin Laden several times. Where is Bin Laden by the way? Almost seven and a half years later and still no sign of him. Good job George.

    As for claims that Obama will create a racial divide, the only divide that will exist is the one that will be allowed to exist. Sound like Texan is gearing up to do everything he can to stoke racial hatred.

    December 25, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Patty in the CA mountains

    Just when you think he's done all the damage possible, he comes through with yet more.....someone needs to take the pen out of this crooks hand

    December 25, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. dollorbilbil

    Hey Fred are you saying christians are losers? If it weren't for the christians you jews would all be dead by now.

    December 25, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Danny Spirit

    Most of what you see here is a bunch of mean spirited left leaning Buch wackers. If the media treated Bush the same way they treat Obama you would be singing a differant brain washed tune!

    December 25, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. KilroyWasHere

    Actually all these committees and councils look like an extreme case of pork barrel politics. What is the significance of abolishing all of these positions, other than possibly a few additions to the unemployment lines? Do the costs really justify the benefits provided?

    December 25, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. Patty in the CA mountains

    To Anonymous – Texas: Barbara, get away from the computer...

    December 25, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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