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. Josh

    I hardly think appointing trustees at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center will have a devasting impact on our country's future...

    December 25, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Some of these comments are just way too far off the radar.

    "Why the HELL is BUSH still appointing ANYONE. ?! This is NOW the OBAMA Admin., Georgie!!!" Uh, no it's not. Bush is still the president. The vacancies happened during his term. The sitting President appoints the new members of these boards if the vacancy occurs during his administration.

    "Our successive generations are already going to have to shoulder the immense financial burden of the recent economic crisis brought about, in part, by governmental neglect and incompetency in regulating financial institutions and ignoring the obvious build up of the real estate bubble and its implications." And all of that could have been stopped had a Republican not been able to appoint someone to the Board of Trustees of the Kennedy Center.

    "That village idiot should not be able to appoint anybody to anything what a joke. We need a complete over haul of our constitution and bill of rights so these dictators whether they are republican or democrat or what ever cannot do as they darn want to." We need to completely change our system of government, including the first ten amendments to the Constitution, to prevent the President from making political appointments to the Polar Bear Commission?

    "What a jerk. The biggest abuse of power in history..." Making a political appointment that he is entitled to make is the biggest abuse of power in history? Really? Poorly thought out war against a nation that never attacked us, illegal wiretaps, and secret CIA prisons all pale in comparison to this blatant grab for power on the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation.

    Also, calling these posts part of the Bush Administration is technically correct, but a bit misleading. If you look at most of these appointments, they have to deal with matters that are not political and do not impact the nation as a whole. I mean, it's not like Bush got to appoint Obama's Defense Sec... Oh wait, nevermind.

    I'm as ready as the next guy for the Bush Administration to end. I voted for President-Elect Obama and have the highest hopes for his success. But the irrational anger, name calling, and extreme positions evidenced in these posts points to the real problem in this country. Our real problem is the inevitable polarization of the debate that leads to few results and bitter entrenchment.

    Unless, of course, you're just trolls. If so, carry on.

    December 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Apples for sale

    @Fred.Your gene pool is the reason for the worlds demise.

    December 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. W Myers

    This is all politics. It is a big "Thank You" to all the politicians and buddies who have bit their tongues over the years to let "W" run this country into the ground. After all we all know that most of these people are not quite as bad as Bush himself.........or are they worse for being smart enough to know what he was doing was wrong and not standing up?

    Either way, we have almost rid ourselves of this ignorant evil man.

    December 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. JoeFeke

    ANYTHING this administration does is suspect. That's all I'm saying....

    December 25, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Tony Alicea

    The reign of Education, Justice and Reason, which always has and will forever stand and triumph against superstition, ignorance and irrationality, HAS risen upon this land!

    Get Ready!

    December 25, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. RepublicanMicky

    Anonymous in Texas: Living proof that our public education system has failed.

    December 25, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    These are cushy payback appointments with no significant power. Basically a payoff for loyalty – distasteful but not very impactful. But seriously the Bush apologists need to give it a rest. GWB was the worst President of the Modern Era and possibly the worst this country has ever seen.

    December 25, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. red

    dont screw the country up with anymore of your appointees!!!!!!

    jan 20 cannot come faster

    December 25, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. Recess Appts

    Since these are recess appointments, they stand...they don't need to be confirmed. This usually "upsets" congress since they don't have a say but there's nothing they can do to a lame duck president.

    Bush didn't have this war "dropped in his lap"...he pursued it with vigor and the Bush administration fed Colin Powell FALSE information to convince the UN that we needed to go to war. Clinton didn't leave us in a recession...he actually had a budget surplus and got the deficit down to a manageable level. Bush used up the surplus and created a deficit that our kids and grandkids will be forced to deal with.

    Sometimes you simply need to look at the facts and not just spout the party line. I understand party loyalty but remarks that are blatantly false makes a person appear to be uninformed.

    I'm not sure how Obama will fare, but with respect to the economy, the market, unemployment,'s almost like taking over a losing sports team...there's no where to go but up.

    Happy New Year everyone!!

    December 25, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. Rodney Hopkins

    This seems more of a move to gain a few more friends, which doesn't close the gap compared to his unpopularity. The idiotic comment by anonymous from Texas is why we're so backwards now, especially after these last 8 years under the current regime. If we have any hope moving past these last eight years, we need the kind of risk and bold changes being put forth by President Elect Obama.

    Hooray for a change in direction, leadership, and how the rest of the world views the U.S.

    December 25, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. mike

    "Helloooooo….PRESIDENT Bush has the power to do his JOB until Jan 20th. You may not like him but you should still respect his position and title until it is OVER. This is America, not Africa. We have a listory of respect and decor for our leaders."

    In my opinion we as Americans have the right and the privilege to question our president, and to be able to do that means we can change how tings work and make him accountable to what he dose. As poles have shown, most in this USA do not agree that president George W. Bush has done a good job, I personally didn't like how he handled situation, promptness of dealing with them, or the appointed people he put on them for most of the harder situations he has had to deal with..... that being saide it is x-mas and i will stop there

    December 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Paul

    Bush Supporter,

    We've waited almost 6,000 years for the Messiah to come. Thank you for recognizing that He finally has come.

    Merry Xmas

    December 25, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. a southern bell



    December 25, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Tom G

    If any of these appointments come with a salary, this is simly wrong. If they are unpaid positions, o.k.. But having public money to continue to line the pockets of these good for nothings, as Rice is simply wrong!

    December 25, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. Tony Alicea

    This desperate attempt by the failed and sorry Bush admin will be met with final opposition by the forces of Good. The important thing to remember is that an enlightened American is going to be President soon. Bush is to be relegated to the sorry pages of history when he joins the failed president's club. Obviously I am no fan. God Bless America.

    December 25, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. End Of An Error

    How much more damage can this clown do?

    Apparently a lot.

    December 25, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    I hope Obama can fire every one of them at 12:01 PM on January 20, and will appoint his own, more suitable replacements. Bush has ruined this country with the poor appointments he's made over the past 8 years, and we should not have 6to put up with any more of them-ever! This is REALLY dirty pool!!!! 🙁

    December 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Chicago_Obama

    All presidents do this...
    Bush has been a dismal failure in every aspect of the job of president.
    And much of that was due to his partisan appointments and decisions. Remember?
    Heck of a JOB BROWNie??
    Why were the US attorneys fired??
    Who outed Plame?
    Few presidents have been as inept and partisan as Bush.
    While "all presidents do this", Bush should not. He's done enough damage to this country. He should just leave.

    December 25, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    To Anonymous – Texas:

    You are an idiot. Clinton didn't leave us in a recession, he actually left us in surplus with a high level of employment. He may have had a few issues with foreign policy, but 9 months is a good enough time for Bush, who apparently was SUPPOSED to be keeping this country safe, to employ CIA security who looked closer at what could happen and do something about it. THERE WAS NO WAR DROPPED IN BUSH'S LAP! Trust me, Bush perpetuated the war on Iraq all by himself, and never fought back against the Taliban. Seriously, we're supposed to have the best security in the world, and we're supposed to be able to find anything in this world, right? Where the hell are Bin Laden and the WMDs? A 5 year plus war and all we've managed to do is kill Saddam Hussein and piss off the world. Yeah, your Bush has done a great job!

    Obama won't be the racial divide of the country. Why would you think that? Because our Black brethren will finally be able to wake up in the morning and be proud of their president? Us White folk feel the same way. I wake up and am absolutely proud of who we voted in as president. And there are no liberal handouts. You have no idea what true socialism is, and I hope you never have to go on Medicare because, guess what...that's socialist medicine! Then you might have to claim that you are, indeed, taking "handouts" from our "socialistic" government.

    And to fire people because of their political views is almost as bad as firing people because of their religious views. Why would you fire someone because of a personal belief?

    Sounds like you're listening to too much of Limbaugh and his Oxycontin ramblings. I'd recommend a hobby of some sorts to cure you of that.

    December 25, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. vyagrrr

    Of course, invoke "God" to protect us from the 'Obama socialist state'. Yawn.

    Can we start genetically modifiying humans now so they can be less susceptible to neotard/religious propaganda in the future?

    December 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. DeLong

    Good Job, President Bush... Kind of tired of hearing about all the words of Obama and his naked chest in Hawaii, who gives a crap..can he lead? That's the question....? First 100 days will tell...

    December 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. reno

    Look, this is the way it's done, so everyone just get over yourselves. Why get your boxers in a bunch about it? 6 months from now, no one will even mention this.

    Every President makes end-of-term pardons and appointments and, in the end, it's just fodder for pundits and whiners. Remember the "outrage" over Clinton's pardons? And where all that went (nowhere)?

    Try a little context: which of these pardons and/or appointments even approaches the historical significance of Ford's pardon of Nixon?

    There are 26 days left in the present admin's term. We'll be fine. (Remember when there were 26 days til Christmas...and here we are!) There will be an orderly, peaceful transition of power (something we should all take pride in) and after, Obama will not destroy the world, the nation, Christianity, or life as we know it. After all we survived Bush didn't we?

    Oh, btw, Merry Christmas, Happy Channukah, Happy Holidays, etc. Think I'll grab some turkey or something and rant some more tomorrow (thanks, fred).

    December 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Lisa

    Why should we not expect anything less from an administration that has abused its power since inception. History will not be good to this President or VP. Please go away George.

    December 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. mr mopkins

    I just had to comment on an earlier post from 'nonoy''re an idiot!

    December 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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