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Bush's Last-Minute Obscure Apppointments

By Ed O'Keefe

There may be only 40 days left until President Bush leaves the White House, but he continues to nominate and appoint people to several obscure agencies.

As The New York Times' Jim Rutenberg wisely noted last weekend:

The appointments and nominations mostly involved multiyear terms to small boards and commissions that most Americans have never heard about.
But they highlight both the vestiges of power Mr. Bush can still exercise to leave a lasting mark on government, and the external limits to that power that are, in large part, the result of eight bruising years of partisan warfare.

Between now and Inauguration Day, The Eye will keep watch on these obscure appointments and nominations and post them here in the blog.

The White House announced five nominations on Thursday:

The President intends to appoint the following individuals to be Members of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, for a term of two years:
Richard D. Fairbank of Virginia; Arthur G. Linkletter of California; Sonya E. Medina of Texas; Stephen Odland of Florida and Jose R. Ramos of Texas.

It also announced one nomination on Wednesday:

The President intends to nominate Matthew W. Friedrich, of Texas, to be Assistant Attorney General (Criminal Division). Mr. Friedrich currently serves as an Acting Assistant Attorney General. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Attorney General. He joined the Department of Justice in 1995 and spent 10 years as a line prosecutor. Mr. Friedrich earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and his JD from the University of Texas.

Bush named three nominations on Monday:

Brad Cole, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for the remainder of the term expiring October 6, 2012, vice Tom Osborne, resigned.
Cheryl Feldman Halpern, of New Jersey, to be an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sixty-third Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Roszell Dulany Hunter, of Virginia, to be Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, vice John A. Simon, resigned.

Check back next week for more!

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 12, 2008; 5:40 PM ET
Categories:  Administration, Revolving Door  
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cherie B palumbos

I see BUSH is trying "protectISM" his face. Why else? Bush is in charge of the country and he knows he sold out our country, (I feel).Do you think BUSH is in the dark about Wall St.?
I heard it said "if you are so busy protecting your face, that leaves your ASSSSSSSSS blewing in the wind"
BUSH is trying to cover his tracks... Watch!!!!
keep up the good work,
cherie B palumbos

P.S.I had heard two years ago, that BUSH had been bited by a mosquito, so maybe its not his fault he has brain damage.

Posted by: cheriebpalumbos | December 12, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

We need to distinguish between nominations that we require Senate approval and appointments that don't. Bush can nominate anybody he wants, but since the Senate has finished its business, such nominations are pointless since confirmation will never happen. Whether Bush can make an appointment stick is questionable, but we will have to see what Obama does about them.

Posted by: RCFriedman | December 13, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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