Obama Makes Recess Appointments But One Big One Missing


john-bolton-un-bg.jpgJohn Bolton is now formally and appropriately addressed as “Ambassador Bolton” because of the right of the executive branch to make recess appointments in the wake of inaction by Congress on presidential nominations.
Bolton never got a confirmation vote in the Senate. And fast forward a few years, neither have a long list of Obama nominees to key government positions received their votes.
So, President Obama has just announced 15 recess appointments that have been tied up an average of 214 days (that is 30 and a half weeks — or about 7 and a half months).
Obama’s list strangely does not include his nominee for Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, Lael Brainard — whom Senator Chuck Grassley seems to be personally committed to ongoing vetting harrassment.
Here is the roster of folks who soon will get their titles:

Jeffrey Goldstein: Nominee for Under Secretary for Domestic Finance, Department of the Treasury
Michael F. Mundaca: Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy, Department of the Treasury
Eric L. Hirschhorn: Nominee for Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration and head of the Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce
Michael Punke: Nominee for Deputy Trade Representative – Geneva, Office of the United States Trade Representative
Francisco “Frank” J. S


11 comments on “Obama Makes Recess Appointments But One Big One Missing

  1. Kathleen says:

    Hope folks have seen this debate
    Flynt Leverett/ Micheal Ledeen on Iran


  2. kathleen says:

    Ass..ador Bolton. Will never forget the scene during the John Bolton UN nomination hearings. Watched it on C-span. I have never seen Senator’s Kerry, Biden, Kennedy, Boxer, Lincoln Chaffee (looked really worried) so pissed off. Biden kept bringing up the NSA intercepts that they had demanded from the Bush administration. The ones that allegedly had to do with the possible spying on Colin Powell. I thought the above mentioned Senators were going to jump over the tables and kick Boltons smug ass. Blood vessels bulging out of a few Senators temples. Hot hot hot. Even Voinovich looked concerned. Still Bolton was passed onto the UN.


  3. Scott says:

    Perhaps Dawn Johnsen for the Dept. of Justice-OLC
    should be on that list too. I bet she’s tired of


  4. Bart says:

    Isn’t non-payment of taxes a feature, not a bug on Grassley’s side of the isle?


  5. Don Bacon says:

    This is a new form of commenting where words that everyone knows should be in there can be.


  6. Don Bacon says:

    Ms Brainard, after being to a witch hunt by the Senate Finance Committee, was given a clean bill of health last November. http://tinyurl.com/ykycnld


  7. Panskeptic says:

    Wikipedia suggests reasons why Brainerd was omitted.
    “Her nomination has been slowed as a result of tax problems. The tax problems are (1) twelve late payments of real estate and personal property taxes, and late payment of unemployment taxes; (2) failure to timely file employment eligibility verification forms for her household help; and (3) failure to substantiate home office deductions.”


  8. David Trilling says:

    Thanks for the extra information on these recess
    appointments. Point of clarification? Is Brainard the
    outstanding appointee that has not been confirmed (or not
    confirmed after being nominated a long time ago)? If not,
    why should Brainard in particular be on this list vs. Anyone
    else not on it or already on it? Not wishing to dispute but
    understand. Thanks and thanks for the heads up on the Coll,
    Friedman, and Ignatius discussion at CSIS. It was quite


  9. Don Bacon says:

    Steve, I believe you are correct with “Ambassador” Bolton. It is common American usage to continue to use such former titles (president, general, colonel, senator, ambassador, etc.) and the cited protocol doesn’t say it isn’t permitted in the case of recess appointments.
    What do we commoners care about somebody’s idea of protocol anyhow. If it makes sense, do it, and in this case it makes sense. The man was an ambassador, and may be referred to as such (besides other names we might want to use in Bolton’s particular case).


  10. Caitlyn says:

    Steve, I believe you are wrong with regard to application of
    “Ambassador” to John Bolton. According to the Foreign Service
    “Protocol for the Modern Diplomat”, the title may be continued
    after completing a tour as an ambassador if he or she served as
    ambassador after senate confirmation. Since he was not confirmed
    by the Senate for the ambassadorship, the title would only
    appropriate while he served as US Representative to the United
    Nations. If he had been confirmed as US rep to the UN, then the
    title would be properly applied after he left office.



    They have always been an evil lot but the anger and hurt from getting lambasted is over excess of of bile.
    The are in severe pain.
    Character shows. Bad side.
    “I will do anythimg to win”
    Bush Sr after he broke pledge to run on issues.


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