Did Obama hint he's going to appoint Elizabeth Warren?
OPINION | One interesting nugget from Obama's presser: He seemed to hint strongly that he is leaning towards appointing Elizabeth Warren as his key Wall Street consumer cop, which would throw a big bone to liberals who strongly support her and want to see Obama take a stand on something they care about.
The left has mounted a campaign to get Warren appointed as head of the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is central to the success of one of Obama's main achievements, the Wall Street reform bill, on the grounds that she's a highly qualified, very aggressive advocate.
Obama was careful to say that no decisions have been made. But he indicated that an announcement is coming, and if you read between the lines of what he said, it sure sounded like a strong hint that he's leaning towards picking her:
The idea for this agency was Elizabeth Warren's. She's a dear friend of mine. She's somebody I've known since I was in law school. And I have been in conversations with her. She is a tremendous advocate for this idea. his is a big task standing up this entire agency. So I'll have an announcement soon about how we're going to move forward.
I have had conversations with Elizabeth over these last couple of months. But I'm not going to make an official announcement until it's ready.
For the full blog post, see Greg Sargent's The Plum Line.
Washington Post editors
September 10, 2010; 2:48 PM ET
Categories: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
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