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Bush Makes More Last-Minute Appointments

By Ed O'Keefe

President Bush appointed a total of 47 people to serve in his almost-finished administration yesterday, the latest wave of last-minute appointments to relatively obscure agencies.

Outgoing chief of staff Joshua B. Bolten, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey and top Republican donor Sanford Gottesman all earned five-year terms on the Holocaust Memorial Council, which oversees the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Several sports stars will serve out the remainder of two-year terms on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, including NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte, former New York Giants player Jason Sehorn, Chicago Fire soccer player Diego Gutierrez and figure skater Michelle Kwan.

The president also named two acting administrators to serve until permanent administrators are named by Barack Obama. Lynne A. Osmus will serve as acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration starting on Jan. 16, while Susan E. Dudley will serve as acting administrator of the office of information and regulatory affairs at the Office of Management and Budget.

The official White House news release with the full list of names and appointments is after the jump.


Office of the Press Secretary

January 6, 2009

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to appoint 45 individuals and designate two individuals to serve in his Administration.

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.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 7, 2009; 5:10 PM ET
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Quit it George. Your days are over and in less than a couple of weeks America is hoping that you will go away and never come back. You ran our country the same way that you did the companies that you caused to go belly up. Everything that you do is now suspected by America to be contrary to the best interests of our nation. I voted against you twice and now I'll bet that the majority of our country had too.

Posted by: MET9 | January 7, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Fearless leader has insured monthly government welfare checks will go to these loyal Busheviks.

Posted by: whocares666 | January 7, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about the others, but the President's Council on Physical Fitness is a volunteer appointment -- no salaries involved for anyone that was named.

Posted by: bk0512 | January 7, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for the last round of pardons.

Posted by: hairguy01 | January 7, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I am assuming these appointments don't require Senate approval, but is Obama studk with these people or can he just "unappoint" them? Bush shows yet another practice that needs to be banned. No lame duck appointments after the elecdtion.

Posted by: dotellen | January 7, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

The last act of President Bush is to issue a blanket pardon for Cheney and political appointees of his administration.

Posted by: AD11 | January 7, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

First, who will be the financial felons who receive commutation or pardon from Pres. Bush, including possibly: Lord Black of Crossharbour; Mr. Dennis Kozawlski of Tyco; Messrs. Jeff Skilling and Andrew Fastow of Enron; Mr. Bernie Ebbers of Worldcom While these pardons may not be popular in the Madoff-period, they would provide cover for any pardons of political persons who could otherwise be the subject of proceedings.

On the political front, has any consideration been given to the following Presidential Pardons so that America does not tear itself apart going back over the last 8 years: Pres. Bush himself (a possible first pardon of a President by that President); Vice-President Richard Cheney; Mr. Donald Rumsfeld, Mr. Paul Wolfowitz, Mr. George Tenet, Mr. Richard Perle, Mr. "Scooter" Libby, Mr. Karl Rove, Dr. Condolezza Rice, Mr. Alberto Gonzales, Mr. Colin Powell, Mr. Douglas Feith?

There seems to be a veneer of civility concerning Pres. Bush and members of his Administration. However, there may be a legal equivalent of Iraq’s throwing of shoes after January 20th.

Perhaps better would be a proper objective investigation of what happened in the 2001-2009 period, somewhat like the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commissions that sought closure but not revenge. Pres. Mandela and Archbishop Tutu are to be congratulated for applying Deuteronomy 32:35 and Romans 12:19, that we are not to seek vengeance for that is for God to decide on and act on, not us on Earth. I suspect that PE Obama will apply a similar standard.

It will be interesting to see what comes out after the Bush Administration has left office and what is done about it.

Posted by: Beprudent | January 7, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

This guy does not miss any moment to amaze me on his way out! This is the same thing as him SPITTING at each and every American that wanted him and his rotten administration out long ago!

I can just picture the oval office in these last days of his emperical power... Cheney pacing the floor, yaking, "embed, embed, EMBED my fine leader!"

Get the nooses ready!

Posted by: darmar40 | January 8, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Just observing from the sidelines in the UK with no axe to grind but can't help being astounded that, despite Bush's low poll ratings nearly half of the actual votes went to the republican candidate in the recent election. If Bush had been, let's say a better speaker, like our own Tony Blair, or if the "crash" had happened six months later, I doubt if Mr Obamas Illinois Senate seat would be "up for grabs."

Posted by: YHOTA | January 8, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the astute analysis Monty Python. How could we ever think without you?

Posted by: ajlerner1 | January 8, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

These people should be cut from the payroll as soon as Obama takes over. The list should be gone over "line by line" as Obama has promised, and if there is a really big need for the positions to be filled, then an Obama supporter should be put on the job. Maybe this is not a big deal, but the money could certainly be used somewhere else, and that is what the voters would want. This is a sneaky thing for Bush to do, and he must not be allowed to get by with it.

Posted by: beccajo | January 8, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Mukasey, Chertoff, Abrams, Bolton, et al -- all possibly indictable players, so they may be puny positions but it keeps them inside the federal government instead of inside a Federal Prison where some of them may belong...

As to Bush, his last-minute appointment, his Blair House rudeness, all these seem to be on the level of some 9th-grader in the playground spitting at the new guy --

I have recently observed that very few people are familiar with the Aesopian moral phrase "Dog in the Manger," a phrase I have found occasion to use more times during the Bush admin than in the previous 20+ years, and one that causes most people to say "Huh?"

And does this mean the next President doesn't have the right to fire them?

Posted by: Saintperle | January 8, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Who will W. apoint to run the GAZA Concentration Camp?

Posted by: whawkins11 | January 8, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Larry Craig of course!

Posted by: ajlerner1 | January 8, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I like the 'fearless leader' comment. Expect 'The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show' to make a comeback with 'Bushus Badinoff' as the villain. THAT show was more ADULT humor anyway. Where is the genius of Jay Ward when we need him?

Posted by: dlsoops | January 8, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Those "jobs" you are complaining about are all volunteer positions, you ignorant blowhards. The only paid jobs are the last two, who are probably career bureaucrats who have to be named to that position by the President given the nature of that agency's structure. The others about whom you complain are performing a public service by serving in those important roles, as are hundreds of other Americans who are serving on numerous boards. They do not deserve any crap from the trailer trash. The President made those appointments because he is required to make them. My God, MET9, beccajo and darmar40 and all the rest, you know so little, it's astounding they even let you vote. Can you even spell OMB? You must be one of those people that Jay Leno meets on the street to quiz them about simple things every American adult should know, but these folks never do. They're good for a brief smile but for those of us who are burdened with actual knowledge, it's a horribly sad reminder of how weak our democracy truly is.

Posted by: Wahoo27 | January 9, 2009 1:18 AM | Report abuse

These 'appointmetees' may very well be public citizens executing their civic reponibilities.
However, how will be re-imbursed for expenses and pay for meetings attended? Yearly and/or monthly salaries are not the only 'pay' possible.
There are many forms of voluntary work.

Posted by: green39 | January 10, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

As caring and adult Americans we need to feel sorry for Mr. Bush as we would to any mentally challenged child. He has acted as a mental case for the past 8 years.I feel sorry for his wife who must care for this spoiled little kid. If she is smart she should run away from this sick child.

Posted by: rodriguez911 | January 10, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

as if he hasn't already put himself on the forefront as the worst president in US history, this is the nail, so to speak. guess his next move will be to pardon himself (he does take his orders from God, don't you know)... we could have a laugh if this were a movie; unfortunately we have been living this for 8 looonnnnnnnggggggg years!

Posted by: greenjujubee1 | January 10, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Quiet Rockland “welcomes” Virginia’s own Lynne A. Osmus f/k/a Lynne Dobler of W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, now, new FAA NecroDeputyActing Administrator:

Posted by: jtormey | January 12, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

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