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. Ray

    I would like to know how many hours each of these postions requires and what the compensation is. If they have to work for their money, it's one thing. If this is just a payoff for party loyalty, that's another.

    December 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Francis, Hawaii

    Let me see what the priorities are? Isn't fixing the terrible economy the first priority? Instead Bush goes ahead and makes all these appointments and doesn't do much for improving the economy. What a lame buck President we have with no priorities except for his selfishness.

    December 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. 9/11 truth

    RE: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.

    jimboy its ovouis your a bush supporter, go read the facts about 9/11 go read the facts about =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. Are you sure your real name is;not Rush Limbaaahaaa

    December 25, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Western Voter

    Just leave Mr. President. Just leave! Alas...have you not done enough damage to this country?

    December 25, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. M. H.

    Yeah nonoy, it takes a man of real principle to get Daddy to wrangle a spot in the Alabama!!! National Guard and then not even have the intestinal fortitude to even serve during war time.

    December 25, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Jeff in Illinois

    For those disrespecting liberals simply because we do not enjoy the un-American policy of spreading death and killing our soldiers for the sake of corporate profits, let it be known that many of us are Christians who celebrate life, unlike yourselves.

    December 25, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. j

    Bush is determined to ruin this country beyond recognition. Every incumbant in Congress should voted out for not moving to impeach him. Bring back the pillary & stockade – I've got a few dozen or so shoes I'd like to throw!

    December 25, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. reggie

    Message for John Drew. Why don't you just go away. President Bush is still the president for another few weeks whether you like it or not. After a few weeks of Obama, he will have his many critics, too. It goes with the territory. Now, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    December 25, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Matt

    Robert S.
    You need to learn your facts Bush did in fact inherit a recession. While it's true Clinton left a budget surplus-which well all acknowledge Bush wasted-Clinton also left Bush a recession. The two can be mutually exclusive; the housing bubble that was feed by ultra low interest rates, the dot com bubble completely burst, and the overall economy shrank in his first year. 9-11 likewise cause sever economic hard ache and if you bothered to read the bipartisan 9-11 reports you would know that the blame was split between the past administration and the Bush administration. Talk to any economist, the recession began in the twilight of Clinton's administration.

    December 25, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Flib

    Go, Georgie, go. G.W. Bush has, without question, been one of the best presidents this country has ever had - a man of principle, instead of a man with his finger in the air trying to figure out which way the popular winds are blowing. He's been smart enough to say: "Screw fads, and screw fools" , and govern from an ideology that is second to none. I, for one, wish he could have four more years. Blaming him for the economy is about as stupid as hoping that Obama can fix it. Any good economist will tell you that jobs and bank accounts have little to do with Washington politics. Only a fool would believe it does. But then, as George would say: "Screw you fools."

    December 25, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. BobCov

    PhilT is right. The appointments are nothing. As he said, we should be focused on putting the people behind bars who used lies and deception to start a war, enrich their friends, endanger the country and the world, hand the enemy the best propaganda gifts of all time and incidentally get thousands of America's finest and tens of thousands of non-combatants killed, disfigured or disabled (mentally and physically) .

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

    I am very much agreed with ANONYMOUS-TEXAS

    December 25, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Aaron Heinzward

    Those who have trashed President Bush for the last 8 years have hurt the presidency more than any mistake he has. Your awful criticism has made it okay for anyone around the world or here to spit all over the sacred office. Congratulations you selfish, arrogant liberals!

    December 25, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Orange County Hispanic Woman

    Why is W Bush doing this? Because he is still the President for another month. And whoever said that he has been the worst president ever doesn't know a thing about US politics. Clinton appointed people and pardoned prisoners before he left and Bush had to deal with his crap and irresponsibilities. I bet Barak Hussein Obama will do it worse. I hope and pray he doesn't turn this country into a Socialist government and ultimately Communist. Just wait and see, his "changes" are not clear. What would you all democrats do if he wants to eliminate capitalism (which is what makes America the best country in the world) and wants to change the system to his obvious ideas of Socialism?? Lots of unknown crap and abuse of power!! You all democrats think Obama is the perfect president ever, just wait and see....Bush has made some mistakes, but he hasn't been the guilty one on all the mess. Don't forget Congress made a lot of decisions during these past 8 years and they were all Democrats! Or should I say Democraps....??

    December 25, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. Aaron Heinzward

    Everyone opposed to Bush on this site is flat out hateful. Us who oppose Obama can't say he's ugly w/out being called a racist. You need to rethink who you call a radical - when you point a finger you have several pointing back!

    December 25, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. eleanor fitzgerald

    If it is at all within his power, I hope President-elect Obama finds away to fire them all when he comes to power, or perhaps eliminate or marginalize such committees. Bush was not elected king nor was his term supposed to be life-long. His cronies need to move on. The voters have spoken and do not want his hangers'on hanging around. trying to continue to control what they have already done too much damage to. I have no problem with Obama deciding that an individual Republican is worthy to be appointed by himself to serve in some compacity that serves his administration. The only thing I want to say to George Bush is "Good -bye!"

    December 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Dogma

    Absolutely, worst president of all time...and yet for some reason...I feel sorry for him. But he's done just about as much damage as you can do in 8 years, time for him to get back to Texas.

    December 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Forrest Neale

    His Legacy: A True Snake Oil Salesman with no regard for the people of the United States.

    December 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Jim

    Can't he just hand over the reigns to Obama already!?!?! He's like the unwanted uncle that won't go away....enough already.

    December 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Bah

    How can he appoint people at his administration twhich ends on January 20th?

    December 25, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. Bush and Cheney are Irrelevent

    Bush, who noone has actually listened to for several years now is a clown. And Cheney is a despicable human being. For those who voted these two nimrods in twice – THANKS FOR, along with this joke of an administration have failed this country!!!! You have absolutely NO place to insult Obama when it was you idiots that got us into this mess in the first place!!! Now go try to conjur up some more scandals regarding Obama and leave the big boys to clean up your mess...

    1/20/09 cannot come soon enough!

    December 25, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Denise

    Fib needs to have is/her head examined. Yes Bush is responsible for this mess. It is called Iraq, cutting taxes for the rich, deregulation, and overspending. These appointments do not mean a thing! He is on his way out! No, he is not the best Prez we have ever had! Where have you been for the past 8 years! His decisions and that of the then GOP lead Congress/Senate is responsible for this mess! I see you are still in the denial stage. Pity. The rest of us are in the reality stage.

    December 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. paul

    Send these thugs to jail. It is too bad we do not have the ancient English tradition of Star Chamber just for these thugs.

    December 25, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. Dave

    """but he is a man with principles,""" what does principles mean. This brain dead president doesn't understand what it means to lead a nation. He was a drunk until 41 years of age, and has a pickled brain. Principles don't mean a thing unless you use them right. In 2009 Bush and his croonies will be tried for all the illegal stuff they did, under the name of being King George. So the future will tell where Bush stands in the nation.

    December 25, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Vinny Connecticut

    To the moderators of this site: Question- You have posted comments from people calling Pres. Bush "the biggest piece of crap to live in the White House" "King Dufus" "a war criminal" etc etc YET my comment from over 2 hours ago is "awaiting moderation"?! HUH??!!

    December 25, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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