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. get real dude

    To: Irritated in Fl

    You are out too early.Crawlback into your dark cold hole. Wait there until hell freezes over...then...only then...if you are good, positive and not still haten, you can come out on Groundhog Day and cast your shadow in a more inspiring positive way, alarming us that a new day of Hope is in office!!!!! Stop being Frustrated in Florida. Life is short. Go enjoy your life dude!!!! Merry Christmas.

    December 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Carol

    He really ought to stop trying to do "president" things.

    December 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Fairport

    Only history can tell what kind of effect Bush had on our nation and the world. You people need to get beyond the instant gratification mentality and understand that we are experiencing the effects of Reagan's, Bush 1, and Clinton's administrations. Shame on you all for believing everything you read in American trash rag mags. Try reading papers in Europe for a more fairly balanced picture of both Bush and Obama. The American media has painted Bush as a villain and Obama as the messiah. Neither perception is accurate–both are fallible humans who make mistakes, as we all do.

    I seriously doubt history will paint Bush with the vilificattion some of you have reserved for Hitler, Stalin, etc. Give him the benefit of the doubt you all demand for yourselves, and then try doing the world's hardest job with the newspaper telling you every day how bad you are at that job. A little empathy goes a long way.

    December 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. hypocrites_are_everywhere

    Yeah, arguing with Bush/Cheney die-hards is like arguing with OJ Simpson family on his hideous crime!

    The problem with dumb people is that they don't know they are dumb.
    There is no point arguing with them!

    But here's an advice for them.... keeping clinging on to your religion and guns!!! And keep touching yourselves the next 8 years... you'll feel better and it's how you could contribute to abortion prevention! And please, please, please keep your hands of kids!

    Duhhh… suck it up right-wing/religion/gun-clinging losers!

    BTW. I voted for Reagan but not a draft dodger!

    December 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Bernie Carlisle

    Replacing Dick and George whose true legacy should be shoveling with a spoon in the desert, looking for the missing weapons doesn't change a thing. The House and Senate are contaminated with old and very heavy wallets. America needs real change!

    December 25, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |

    Bush and Cheney should be hung like Mussolini. (and their few remaining supporters deported)

    December 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. BT

    Aaron Heinzward wrote:
    December 25th, 2008 2:22 pm ET

    Those who have trashed President Bush for the last 8 years have hurt the presidency more than any mistake he has.

    What land do you live in? Fantasy LAND? You have obviously been brainwashed by the likes of Limbaugh and Hannity.
    I gave Bush a chance to show what he could do for our country, but instead he showed who he really is – a less than intelligent jerk who had NO business being President of our great nation. Shame on us for electing him the first time and shame on the rest of you for voting him in a second time. We all have to live with this mess now and need to start working together.
    I am sure Heinzward won't be working with the rest of us.

    December 25, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. D.Tin

    I blame Bush for contributing to the mess we are in, but we have to take responsibility for our contributions. Face it Bush ran all the companies that he owned into the ground and we trusted him with our country?. now who is at fault???? He let his friends in business run wild and we did who is at fault???? And yes the Dems in congress had no balls, let's hope they grow some now.

    December 25, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. chris

    After Jan 20th, all these individuals should be moved ot winowless offices without phones, computers, cell phone reception, or even doorknobs! Just constantly flickering flourescent lightbulbs in the ceiling that cannot be reached from the floor.

    Purge Washington of all traces of Bush!

    December 25, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. Chris in MD

    I do like the discourse I often see after these columns, and this will be my first post. However, I am surprised at the number of comments that are based not on fact, but hate (or excitement) with no true knowledge of our nation's history, the law, or why the President is allowed to do certain things. Most comments are not only scarily hateful, but also sadly ignorant. The inherent problem is that you folks likely voted based solely on emotions. While emotions are necessary, I bet that they clouded the majority's judgment because they could not see through their anger. There is a balanced approach to examining our national problems, but we are so wrapped around the faults of one political party or the other. As a final note, Recovered Republican is the latest post, so I will comment about him directly. Go back to the days of our founding fathers (the papers written, among others, by Jefferson and Hamilton) to understand the President's Article II executive powers - especially compared to Congress's Article I powers. You may see both sides of the story, and maybe, just maybe, see the solid argument that impeachment or prosecution for alleged war crimes is tenuous at best. We are fickle as Americans and our memories are short. Take a quick tour through the past 20 years to see a myriad of shortcomings in the Presidency.

    December 25, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Rhoids

    Nothing new about presidents making last minute appointments. The Bush list is very short compared to others. At least they won't have to steam clean any cum stains out of the rug in the oval office.

    December 25, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Bryan

    Everyone is saying how Obama is inheriting "w"s mess, thats far I guess. But no one is saying that W inherited the mess the Clinton Admin. left for him. It was there lack of action the lett the terrorist in. After 9-11 what was the sitting President supposed to , nothing ? He do do something but it didnt work out, just like Viet Nam.
    Hind sight is always 20/20, if only we would look back at history we might not keep makeing the same mistakes over and over and over.........

    December 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Roland in St George, UT

    I didn't see anyone appointed to the National Shoe-Throwing Committee. No room in the budget I guess.

    December 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Rob

    Bush makes Harry Truman look like a former good president

    December 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. 4th Generation Officer

    For all those who oppose and hate Pres Bush- your pathetic. Blame alot on Bill Clinton who wanted to pardon political criminals linked to his fundraising rather than worry about 9/11. 9/11 was created on Clinton's watch folks..Anyone of you juggernaughts like 3rd Generation Officers and the would of perfomed worse if President. Orange Cty lady and AW agree with you...And by the way I don't wish Obama failure..he'll simply prove it just watch....Then you will have us Repubs back in office soon...Have a fine American Day!

    December 25, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. democrat with a small "d"

    Actually, if George's IQ is 130 as reported, then he's probably the smartest president. It puts him right at the top two percent mark, so the people who call him stupid should look closely at their own IQs.

    December 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Justme

    Bush was mediocre at best, Obama will be worse than Carter...but both will be held down by the worst Congress EVER!! Pelosi and Reid should be hung for treason!

    December 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Smitty

    These are some real intelligent comments

    December 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. db

    The reason there have not been any attacks on U.S. since 2001 is the person most of you call stupid, a war monger, and a jerk. He has made alot of mistakes and I disagree with him a lot of the time but he did make my family safe and for that I thank him. I am sure the lot of you never make mistakes or bad decisions.

    December 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Sally C.

    Yes, he is as stupid as people think!!! History will prove it... unfortunately it will be too late for the vast majority of his victims, the greatful American Tax Payer.

    December 25, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Michael

    Bush's ineptness and frat-boy mentality was clear from the beginning, but Rove fed him the buzz words and the Republican base gobbled it up.

    December 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. Waiting for Jan. 20

    I don't care if these are merely cushy jobs as "thank you" gifts.

    These people were co-conspirators in the murder of 500K people, the displacement of millions, and $trillions in war debt, and in deceiving the American people.

    Their next appointments should be in prison!

    December 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. Judy Parker

    I think George W. Bush has done a fantastic job in running our country! He is the first president in a long time that wasn't a "Washington suit" and I am proud of his honesty, integrity, and ability to do the right thing even when it wasn't popular. Thank you God for President Bush!

    December 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Reading this stuff cracks me up. Just like all the joy when someone, on foreign turf, throws shoes at our, that's right OUR President!!!! I was no big Bill Clinton fan BUT when challenged about something he had done in a bar in The Netherlands, I would not engage one bit as he was MY President. I did not vote for him once but I certainly respected him and he was my leader. HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR THE OFFICE AND YOUR COUNTRY WOULD YOU!!!!!!!!!!

    December 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Stephen in LA

    We are all paying the price for allowing Bush to stay in office....while we all sipped Starbucks and hoped for a democrat in 08.....the country was murdered by Bush and Cheney. They should be put on trial for all their crimes.

    December 25, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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