January 6th, 2009
08:10 PM ET
11 years ago

Bush makes last-minute appointments

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(CNN) - President Bush made another round of last-minute appointments Tuesday, giving 45 aides, supporters and others a parting gift as he leaves office: presidential appointments to boards and councils, with terms lasting three to six years after he leaves office.

The full list as released by the White House after the jump includes attorney general Michael Mukasey, deputy national security advisor Elliott Abrams, and Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff.

Full list after the jump

The President intends to appoint Robert D. McCallum, Jr., of Georgia, to be a Member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarships Board, for the remainder of a three-year term expiring 09/22/10.

The President intends to appoint Martin Faga, 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 the following to be Members of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, for six-year terms expiring 06/19/14:

Panel of Conciliators:

James C. Boggs, of Virginia;

William Burck, of New York;

Ronald A. Cass, of Virginia;

Emmet Flood, of Maryland.

Panel of Arbitrators:

Fred F. Fielding, of Virginia;

Daniel M. Price, of Maryland.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the Board of Directors of the Valles Caldera Trust:

Raymond Loretto, of New Mexico, (State or Local Government Representative in New Mexico), for a four-year term beginning 01/17/09;

Virgil Trujillo, of New Mexico, (Livestock Management Representative), for a four-year term beginning 01/17/09.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, for the remainder of two-year terms expiring 05/03/10:

David Allen Josserand, of Florida, and upon appointment designate Chairman;

Kirk M. Bauer, of Maryland, and upon appointment designate Vice Chairman;

Steven Bornstein, of California;

Susan Lieberman Dell, of Texas;

Allyson Felix,of California;

Susan Finn, of Ohio;

Diego Gutierrez, of Illinois;

James W. Holsinger, of Kentucky;

Michelle Kwan, of California;

Robert A. Labonte, of North Carolina;

Edward R. Laskowski, of Minnesota;

Elisha Nelson Manning, of Louisiana;

David W. Marsh, of Alabama;

Leslie E. Miles, of Louisiana;

Omar Minaya, of New Jersey;

Richard F. Phelps, of Indiana;

Ruth Riley, of Florida;

Jason Sehorn, of California.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council:

Elliot Abrams, of Virginia, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

Joshua B. Bolten, of the District of Columbia, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

Alan I. Casden, of California, for the remainder of a five-year term expiring 01/15/11;

Michael Chertoff, of New Jersey, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

William Danhof, of Michigan, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

Sanford Gottesman, of Texas, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

Cheryl Feldman Halpern, of New Jersey, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09,;

J. David Heller, of Ohio, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

Amy Kaslow, of Maryland, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

M. Ronald Krongold, of Florida, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

Michael B. Mukasey, of New York, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09;

Daniel Silva, of the District of Columbia, for a five-year term beginning 01/16/09.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science, for the remainder of a three-year term expiring 12/31/11:

Sally K. Mason, of New Jersey;

Robert Y. Moore, of Pennsylvania;

Henry Yang, of California.

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, for the remainder of four-year terms expiring 12/03/12:

Nancy Ann Starnes, of Virginia, (Individual with a Disability);

Hans A. Van Winkle, of Texas.

The President intends to designate Lynne A. Osmus, of Virginia, to be Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, to become effective January 16, 2009.

The President intends to designate Susan E. Dudley, of Virginia, to be Acting Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget.

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soundoff (310 Responses)
  1. Robert

    Most of you liberal/dems just kill me! Go back 8 years and look at all the similar appointments that your bubby Wild Bill made just before he left office. You didn't complain then, so you can't complain now.

    January 6, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Once again brilliant statements by those who oppose President Bush. Appointing people to last minute posts is something that every other president has done and is something that even the beloved President-elect will do whenever his time in office comes to a close. It eventually gets a little tiring of people using everything they can get their hands on to criticize a man who will no longer be in office in two weeks. Get over yourselves and try and focus on the real problems facing our country, not covering them up with petty comments and cheap shots.

    January 6, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    But non-democrats did complain, alot.

    January 6, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  4. Sye the Pychic

    He will always be remembered for the "flying shoe",even thousands of years from now and on other planets even.

    January 6, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  5. Simmy

    I am now totally convinced that Pres. Bush is not only arrogant. He is also spiteful. Where are these appointees going to be? Will they be hidden away somewhere and only seen when they go in, go to lunch and go home? Who will be keeping tabs on them? Will they do a good job, or abuse their positions to spite President-Elect Obama? Will they only show up to get their checks? I wonder.......

    To All the disgruntled people living in this great country:

    Your uncles Putin and Medvedev are wanting you to come back home.

    January 6, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. Larry in Houston

    word around houston is that he had to buy a place in dallas, because Laura didn't want to stay in crawford...otherwise, they would have lived in separate houses....no wonder she can't wait til the 20th, so she can get the heck away from him......what an idiot...

    Larry C.
    Houston, Texas

    January 6, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. Lynn, FL

    Wow! The liberals posting here are kind of scary and also clearly don't understand that ALL outgoing presidents appoint people to these types of posts. Your memories are short if you don't remember Clinton doing the same. Grow up people and move on with your lives. Bush will, Obama will, the country will, you might want to let your hate go and move on too. I'm sure Obama will give you plenty to gripe about soon enough. In fact it seems he already has upset some in the liberal base with selecting Pastor Warren for the inauguration. Guess nothing makes you people happy.

    January 6, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  8. Sutton

    No matter if you are are Democrat or Republican, Liberal or Conservative, It's so easy and human nature to criticize and complain when you aren't the ones having making to make hard decisions. Most of us couldn't take the heat if we were Clinton, Bush, or Obama. But, we certainly love to shell it out.

    January 6, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. Xavier

    The difference is that when wild bill as you call him left office, we had a strong economy and nearly a trillion dollar surplus. When Bush is leaving office he is leaving us with an economy in shambles and a trillion dollar deficit. That is the big difference that you narrow minded republicans just cant seem to wrap your brains around.

    January 6, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  10. minime

    Eric, MN,

    By creamed you mean 51-49 ... moron.

    January 6, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  11. Mike Dallas

    W is still screwing us and Jeb is lubing up!

    January 6, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  12. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Americans can't say it, but the rest of the world has....Reuters International poll on Bush approval overseas – 4%!!!

    I guess they've read "The Emperor's New Clothes" while we just look at the pictures, eh?!

    January 6, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  13. Gerry from Eugene, OR

    It is a total humiliation that George Bush is able to legally appoint more of his incompetent staff to boards and commissions. In addition, George Bush continues to issue new regulations that devastate the forest in the Pacific Northwest as well as allowing the pollution of streams and fisheries that the economies of the people in Oregon and Washington depend on. For shame on you, George Bush; I am counting the days and hours until you and all of your stupid and incompetent lackeys leave Washington and drift off into the ignominy that you so richly deserve.

    January 6, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. ML

    Robert – the difference is other than the repugnicans getting on a moral high horse against Clintons sex life, he left the country in better shape than he found it. Dubya has broken everything he's even glanced at, his decisions have failed over and over, in bad, big ways. He should not be allowed to do any more damage.

    January 6, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  15. American

    Bush is the worst US president ever!

    January 6, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  16. santa

    Professionals plan ahead and on duty. Not last minute shenanagins.

    January 6, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  17. steve

    SHAMELESS abuse of power

    January 6, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  18. Hugo

    how come all these goofy bush bashers didn't run for president. they sound so intellligent. it seems really odd to me that each of them didn't run for president. so they could show us how it is done. as much as they whine and complain about bush, it seems they would have at least made the effort to run for the same office.

    January 6, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  19. alvino


    You are a little more hateful than usual. Are you OK?

    January 6, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  20. Chairman

    I think Bush should stay on as President thought 2014

    January 6, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  21. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Bush certainly had to get the very last dig in, didn't he? What a corrupt man he really is. He completely shut down being the president after the election but managed to help his buddies out. Good riddance Dubya!

    January 6, 2009 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  22. No Incumbents 2010

    How about pardoning Ramos and Compean while you're at it W.

    January 6, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  23. Cammi317

    I hope all of these can be reversed ASAP!

    January 6, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  24. Disgusted

    It saddens me to see such anger and disrespect toward the president and president elect as well as each other. My party lost and I am disappointed but I have to live with it. I voted for Bush and I will be the first to admit I am not happy with all his decisions but just this past weekend I visited the World Trade Center Visitors Center and I thank GOD we haven't had another attack since 9-11. Unfortunately we lost many soldiers lives in the last couple years and during many wars in the past but all those courageous men and women didn't die so you could all act like a bunch of school yard kids but so you can enjoy the freedom and great lives you have today. Enough with the trash talk and be thankful of what President Bush has done and support President Elect Obama.

    January 6, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  25. Private Jones

    Hey, Bush u did great with what you had to work with, people need to look at the big picture and see that your not in control of everything that happens and that there are many checks and balances in this country that have prevented many of your plans that could have of helped us get out of this mess that we are currently in. Also to all of you who think that this is a problem that Republicans got us into, take another look at all the plans that have led directly into the debt, the conflict in Iraq didn't do this, we have a multi-trillion dollar debt and not even 1/10th of that has come from this. And to all of those who are against the war, start listening to the news for once, it's not a war against Iraq or Iran it's against terrorism all over the world and as soon as we back out of those countries as Obama has proposed they will retaliate and it wont be just America that pays for it, it's going to be the entire world and were going to either take a stand wich with an appeasing democrat in office that is fairly unlikely or we can pull out, lose all funding and support, and then when it does happen we wont have the ability to retaliate and the world is going to regret the desicion of voting for those in which are against thwarting terrorism.

    January 6, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
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