Monday, November 24, 2008

Obama Names a Woman, Christina Romer for CEA Chair

Today President-Elect Obama named professor of Economics at UC Berkeley, Christina Romer as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA):

Mr. Obama had long been expected to name the chief economics adviser to his campaign, economist Austan Goolsbee of the University of Chicago, to be C.E.A. director. But when the president-elect chose men for the three other senior economic posts—Treasury secretary, White House adviser and budget director—he and his advisers began looking for a woman for the C.E.A. . . Given the intellectual firepower, aggressiveness and experience of the three men, veteran Washington policy-makers speculate the CEA chairmanship (sic) will carry less influence.

Obama also named Melody Barnes as Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Melody Barnes is a former Executive Vice President for Policy at the lefty think tank, Center for American Progress.

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