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Larry Summers Withdraws His Name For Fed Chair

Summers was “a critical member of my team as we faced down the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression,” Obama said. But he won’t be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers withdrew his nomination for Federal Reserve chairman Sunday.

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This is the letter he sent President Obama.

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President Obama said in a statement he accepted Summers’ decision to withdraw:


“Earlier today, I spoke with Larry Summers and accepted his decision to withdraw his name from consideration for Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Larry was a critical member of my team as we faced down the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and it was in no small part because of his expertise, wisdom, and leadership that we wrestled the economy back to growth and made the kind of progress we are seeing today. I will always be grateful to Larry for his tireless work and service on behalf of his country, and I look forward to continuing to seek his guidance and counsel in the future.”

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