Clay Aiken appointed to President’s Committee for People With Intellectual Disabilities

In the same announcement in which George W. Bush announced his appointments of the Secretary of Transportation, the Director of the National Park Service, and a Member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, Clay Aiken’s name appears.

Yes, President Bush has appointed the American Idol 2 runner-up to a presidential committee, specifically the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. That was founded in 1961 by John F. Kennedy as the President’s Panel on Mental Retardation.

Listed among 11 other people is “Clayton Aiken, of North Carolina.” That’s all it says; there’s no word when his service will begin.

Personnel Announcement [The White House]

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