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. Clinton years

    When Clinton was President, it was "all the President's fault." Now that a Republican is President, it's all the Congress that's been in office since 2007 fault.

    Sorry, Iraq didn't start in 2007. And no one dumped the Iraq war in Bush's lap. He made a war out of thin air and imaginary WMDs.

    The Clinton years were the best years I can remember. Even so, as a former Republican, I got caught up in the Clinton bashing. Until a Republican became President and showed me what they were worth. Never again.

    December 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. lbjack

    The comments from the wingnuts, with their incoherent rants, prove that what's scary isn't so much Bush/Cheney but that there are enough idiots in this country to elect them.

    At least I can excuse Bush for being a moron who's incapable of making the polcies which have led this country to ruination. The perps-in-chief have been, of course, the Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rove troika and their minions. Their lies and incompetence have led us into a pointless war which has cost hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of American lives. Their corruption has enriched their friends while wrecking the nation's economy.

    And yet, from the comments, we can see that there are actually humanoids who applaud them, in particular one "Flib," whose Cheneyesque "Screw you fools," is a perfect illustration of the ilk who elected and re-elected (unbelievable!) the worst administration in U.S. history.

    The greatest Christmas present this nation can have is the exit of these vermin from the White House, and, if there's any justice, criminal trials. A thorough fumigation of the GOP from Congress wouldn't be a bad idea either.

    Oh yes, and while you're at it, Dick and George, take NASCAR America with you, whose stupidity, bigotry and vulgarity inficted you on us in the first place. It's times like this I wish we had just let the South secede.

    December 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. texas sucks

    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. GIRL YOU NEED TO BE IN OFFICE

    December 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Mikey 1

    Flib is exactly right. George Bush has governed with a "screw you" attitude: screw the American people, screw the truth, screw science, screw the constitution, screw the nations of the world, screw the troops, screw Iraqis, screw the best interest of all but a few rich cronies, and with these new appointments screw all effforts to change the way government operates.

    So, while we're at it, screw you, Flib.

    December 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Peter R

    What a great contrast between Republican philosophy and that of the Democrats. The Republicans believe political appointments are nothing more than rewards for loyalty while the Democrats believe political appointments should be based on competence in the job. Just compare Obama's cabinet with W's.

    December 25, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Bush's Legacy

    Bush's Legacy can be summarized in two points:

    1. He has been a failure in everything he's done in life.

    2. He has never been accountable for ANYTHING in his life.

    The legacy continues.....

    December 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. John Belushi

    So What! you guys are whiners! The whiners should work for the New York Times!

    December 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. John

    G.W Bush is being blamed a lot of things that he had little to no control over. There is only so much a President can do, he gets blamed for market crashing to people blaming him for when they forget themselves to buy a new roll of toilet paper. There is a lot of blame to go around to congress and corrupt business. Of course there are things that I wish G.W Bush handled differently but much of what has been said on this forum is untrue.

    December 25, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. NC Red

    Lets be fair! bush and cheney should have speedy fair trial befor thier hanging

    December 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. AM from Eugene Oregon

    Merry Christmas Aaron H. Go spend time with family or someone you love. You need a break from blogging. Step outside and take a deep breath.

    December 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Marc PDX

    Hey Big Ed,

    What do you want to bet that the Obama administration will blame everything that goes wrong during his presidency on the previous one? If anything has ever been obvious in the history of the world it is that. The buck will never stop at Obama. It will always slide back (in history) to Bush. LIberals can't govern their way out of a paper bag but they are adept at finger pointing. And it will start the day of the inauguration. So don't (if you have any liberal sense) complain about that argument now when you are so close to using it on a daily basis.

    December 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. Tim Jackson


    The recession began early in Bush's presidency (in the spring of 2001), even if you go past that 03 & 04 were the so called "recovery periods" of the recession. The "recovery periods" which occur after a recession are typically the time where the largest job growth is seen, yet the Bush recovery periods had the smallest job recovery rates of any other recovery period and were slower than any year under Clinton. Bush's best years for jobs were worse than Clinton's worse.

    December 25, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. davit

    Once a sneaky , untrustworthy, bastard, always a sneaky, untrustworthly bastard.

    December 25, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. elmo the demo

    Anonymous, you are an idiot and your 9/11 comments are the ramblings of your sad little mind. Bush was in office for less than 9 months on 9/11/01. The past 8 years of happy go lucky Billy Bob Clinton and his antics with the fat intern, screwing around on his wife, playing hide the cigar and of course, lying under oath, is what caused the USA to be attacked by thew rat breathed arabs. Never trust an arab, they are camel dung.. Hopefully Clinton and his cronies will one day be tried and imprisoned (better yet, send them to Canada) for the wrongs they did that caused so much death and destruction. Bush sucked as president but Clinton disgraced the country with his shenanigans. He should burn in hell. He probably will along with the idiots like you who protect this scumbag.

    December 25, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. Suzanne Fritz

    Bush should be committed,

    December 25, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Jeanne Bean

    The monitor of these comments must be on holiday break. Usually they cut us off way before now. I'd like to see a follow-up on this...what Obama plans to do. Has Bush just created new jobs for these people who would probably be able to go out and get jobs on their own?

    Rich taking care of the rich. Makes me sick!

    December 25, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. John Heddinger

    To: Orange County Hispanic Woman

    Get you stories straight...go learn to read english !.....The republicans ran this country during the Clinton adminsitration up until a year ago....George Bush inherited a balanced Budget thanks to clinton and Gore refusing to play the newt gingrich / Bob Dole game with the budget....this mess is all Republican and George Bush/Dick Cheney....find an american history book and learn something !!!!!

    December 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Robert

    I love all the lib comments. Especially the anti-Bush military creep.
    Mark my word, a revolution is coming and the streets will run red with the blood of the liberal slime that infest this country.

    The tree of liberty.... traitors.

    December 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. nopathatall

    Just another reason for the haters to work themselves up. History will determine his legacy.

    December 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Liam

    Appoint away, idiot boy. Doesn't mean that Obama has to listen to a word that they say or give them more than the power to suggest things. Regardless, this holiday season I'm thankful that our current moron president is out for good. Now Obama has to spend his first term cleaning up the mess he left. George W. Bush – Worst President in history.

    December 25, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. willowood

    No wonder he was the black sheep of the family. Once a loser (he never attempted to learn from his mistakes) always a loser. Would have been nice to have him do just one good thing before leaving. He just had to pad his resume with more of the same cronyism. Even his father thinks he is a loser. Wow, what a Christmas he must be having.

    December 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Mike in AZ

    That is so wrong. Like we want Bush cronies haunting the halls of government for the next six years. I don't think it's possible for me to become more disgusted with the man.

    December 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. pc

    George ! you are making Richard Nixon look like a Prince ! good going and good bye already !

    December 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. Bob

    Merry Christmas to all you bitter people. Bush is so dumb that he got elected twice! If you put as much into working for the future if the USA as you have in the past blaming others for what you perceive as wrong then maybe your outlook will improve. Working for something is always better than bad mouthing something.

    December 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Dwayne

    Good buy to the worst President in in U.S. HISTORY

    December 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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