Latest Hispanic Appointments by GWB

December 28th, 2008 · 7 Comments

Seneca has the latest on the recent appointments that President Bush has made in the last days of his presidency.

George W. Bush is virtually out the door, but he still retains the power to make some appointments primarily to boards and commissions. W announced this past week that he would make a score or more of appointments including three known Latinos: Secretary Of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez of Michigan to a six year appointment to the Board overseeing the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; he also named Israel (Izzy) Hernandez of Texas, current Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Commerce and the Director General of the Foreign Commercial Service (also widely known as the former babysitter in Texas for the Bush twins, Barbara and Jenna), to a five year stint to the Advisory Commission for Trade Policy and Negotiations; and lastly, President Bush announced his appointment of Grace Flores Hughes (formerly of Texas) now of Virginia to the Federal Service Impasses Panel for a five year period (she was already appointed by W to this panel before). Grace is well-known in Hispanic Washington circles for having been one of the handful of Latinos on a panel during the Nixon days to come up with the designation for the Spanish-Speaking population as Hispanic. Many consider the use of “Hispanic” by the Census Bureau to label Latinos as inappropriate or not agreed by the Latino community.

It never is too late for any President to make appointments even in the midst of issuing pardons to felons and/or would be felons in the waning days of the Administration. One would hope that some ‘paying’ appointments to such boards of Fannie Mae or the U.S Postal Service Board will include Latinos. The sub-cabinet and third and fourth tier Obama appointments will not be known until after the New Year. Several Latinos (like Tino Cuellar, Frank Sanchez, Dan Restrepo et al) are reportedly in that churn. Also, the latest reports indicate that Governor Bill Richardson may have a rougher ride in the confirmation process due to some questionable contracts to financial supporters. Hopefully that will pass. Certainly after the Governor Blago madcap affair and some other minor niggling questions, Bill Richardson will look like an easy approval.

Tags: Bill Richardson · Carlos Gutierrez · GWB

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jesus (Hay-soos) // Dec 28, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    ” Many consider the use of ‘Hispanic’ by the Census Bureau to label Latinos as inappropriate or not agreed by the Latino community.”

    While going through junior high in the late ’70’s I began to notice my classmates began to call me a “Hispanic”. I began to get greatly confused because my mom had told me I had been born in Mexico therefore I always referred to myself as Mexican. All of a sudden I was being called a “Hispanic” to my distraught. I believe I even challenged my classmates to locate “Hispanicland on the map. I see now that it is as real as Narnia.

    Later in high school I discovered the word “Chicano”. I looked up the definition in the dictionary and felt more comfortable with that label even though to this day my mom continues to dislike the term. During college is when “Chicano” became more than a label, it became an identity to me.

    To this day I will never check any box where “Hispanic is listed as a descriptor. If Chicano/Latino is not listed then I always write “Mexican” in the “other” box.

  • 2 DfD // Dec 28, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    I always check the box……Pocho.

  • 3 Michaelr // Dec 29, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Cronyism practiced to an art form. And you wonder why federal agencies ceased to function coherently during the Bush Administration. All the best and the brightest went to work for the Fortune 500.

  • 4 india blanca // Dec 29, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    …rereading a blog by Seneca I came accross the name of the only latino ever named to the Presidential Intelligence Advisory Board (both under Clinton and Bush)…Ambassador Cresencio Arcos…I googled him, he has quite an extensive list of credentials…he is the type of latino that we should promote…his name should be given to the Obama team…we need to promote latinos who are not politicians but true public servants who have rendered their distinguished service without personal agenda…he would be a great Deputy Secretary or Assistance Secretary…I am sure there are others like him that can make us proud.

  • 5 Michaelr // Dec 29, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with your analysis, but actually Ambassador Cresencio Arcos is extremely rare. I challenge you to find two other Latinos with his credentials who have spent most of their professional career in public service without selling their office. Chris Arcos is truly an anomaly.

  • 6 india blanca // Dec 30, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    you might be right Michaelr, more the reason to get his name out there and promote him not only as a great choice for the new administration but as an excellent role model to young latino who aspire to be true public servants.

  • 7 Edward M Pinon // Jan 12, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Its not Mexican
    Its not Texican
    Its American,
    and yes I can in the Marine Corps, On the job and in my belief in GOD

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