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. Gringo

    Everyone go eat some turkey and fruitcake. These positions are a combination of ceremonial and resume padders. Nothing in these will dictate or recommend policy or even influence it. Sure, its kind of payback for support but what aspect of Washington isnt. Dont worry, these pals of Bush cant hurt you. Pretty sure Obama will rely on these people when important decisions come up, not....

    In fact reviewing this, these are mostly scholarly type advisory boards but if the US Russia Polar Bear committe decides to raffel off Alaska, then I think we should be concerned.

    note: several of these have to do with historic related boards, for locations and documents held at the Library of Congress and different presidental library.

    December 25, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. U.S. Common Sense


    A majority might have voted for Change in 2008, but a majority voted for Bush in 2004. "Change," as many seem to worship, won't take effect until next month. Until then, Bush, like every President before him, and like Obama in the future, will use such ceremonial appointments as they are allowed to do under the US Code.

    December 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. truman

    Couldn't find a suitable post for Heckuva Job Mike Brown?

    December 25, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. Joanne Marr

    Wouldn't you know that Pres. Bush would "throw all the curves" that he can think of leaving us and Obama stuck with them for up to six years. We thought we would be shed of those liars.

    December 25, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. TIMDC

    Typical liberal moronic statement...what exactly does this mean genius??? (other than the fact that you cannot spell)

    Posted By:

    Tom Reitano December 25th, 2008 4:18 pm ET

    G.W.Bush is consistant if nothing else, he ALWAYS takes care of his own. ( at the expence of the rest of us ).

    December 25, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Bill Nancy,Ky

    And we all thought that it was Darth Cheney pulling the strings.

    December 25, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Dick from NC

    Way to go Bush.. Why not: 1.. appoint a special investigative committee to determine the proper charges Barney Frank and Chris Dodd for their part in the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fisaco (Congress will never do this) and 2: Pardon the two Mexican border guards now in Jail

    Dick from NC

    December 25, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. snoweer

    Same old whining: Anyone who disagrees with Bush "hates" him. Heck, I'd love to sit down and have a beer with the guy. We could chat and he could tell me why he went AWOL while our guys and gals were dying in Viet Nam. That's our commander in chief!

    Does anyone here actually think that Bush has done anything on his own? I mean, do you believe that he is actually capable of an original thought?

    If you want to stump a Bushie, just ask them what Bush has accomplished. The response will be....silence.

    Nuff said.

    December 25, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Becky

    Not surprised. Bush's administration is over in less than a month, and he wants to ensure his buddies can stick around and be a thorn to Obama's administration. I wish Bush didn't use up all his vacation days so that he could just retire to Texas early.

    December 25, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    I can't wait until this the democratic congress and the new president get into office. When that happens and things continue to get worse, lets see who they blame that on. once again all of you ignorant people blame everything on W when things didn't get bad until Nancy Pelosi and her posse took control of Congress. Way to go Democrats!!!

    December 25, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Art Cabral

    Good For G.W.

    All you haters- weep!

    December 25, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. not-pure-bred 04

    Re: Judy Parker-

    I suggest you look up the meaning of integrity and honesty. As for "doing the right thing", attacking a country on the basis of lies, spitting on the constituion, ignoring the plight of those less fortunate during Hurricane Katrina and a plethera of other"right things", I believe that you, madam, are living on another planet or total void of common sense!!

    December 25, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |


    December 25, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. STLouisGal

    What does he have to lose? He knows he will be one if not the worst presidents ever so why not take care of his buddies? He needs to have someone like him! I wish it were Jan. 20th today! Goodbye, W. You are such a loser.

    December 25, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. George P Burdell

    BH in main read trollmaster. You cannot have it both ways

    December 25, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |


    December 25, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. not-pure-bred 04

    Re: Retired Military Officer-

    With all due respect, there is a difference brtween making honest mistakes no matter how hard you try and deliberately doing whatever you want , whenever you want with little or no regard for the law, the constitution or common, human decency!! His arrogance and own self-importance clouded his judgement and others paid the price!

    December 25, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. ps

    Republicans are facists. Always have been, always will be.

    December 25, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. CED

    The person who made comments about no Christmas lights in some part of New York because of the "liberals" is the most hilarious thing I read on this blog. What does not having Christmas lights have to do with the liberals?! What a stretch of his/her vain imaginations.

    December 25, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. Neutral

    Jeez, a lot of this Bush-bashing is just so out of proportion and irrelvent to this topic and it makes me wonder if the same will happen to Obama if he doesn't keep up with his job as President. Not here to defend Bush or anything but I think its quite unfair to make such slanderous remarks about the President of the United States no matter who is in office.

    December 25, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. George Centeno

    Bush is one sick S.O.B.

    December 25, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. Robby


    19 PERCENT.


    I Think the camera catching him having a drink a few weeks ago just about sums up his sorry whitewash of that paltry 19 percent.


    December 25, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. Moonbeam

    I am marking down the days on my wall, just like prisoners do!

    December 25, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Mark

    Republicans – hmmm – didn't they used to hold political offices? I seem to recall they were a party once.

    Any comparison between W and Obama ends with "they both have a nose and 2 ears." George W was NEVER qualified intellectually to hold the highest office in the US – how many examples does one need of his inability over the last 8 years?

    Hoping for Obama to fail is just sour grapes – I hoped Bush wouldn't screw so many things up over his 2 terms but hope doesn't always translate to reality.

    Obama wants YOU to be a part of this country, regardless of your background. Join in and make this a better place – leave all hate and triteness behind.

    December 25, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. DLH

    Ahh, peace on earth, good will towards men. Unless you're a whining liberal with Bush dreangement syndrome!!! Lighten up guys, it's Christmas!

    December 25, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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