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WASHINGTON (AP/WUSA9) - President Barack Obama says he has accepted Lawrence Summers' decision to withdraw from consideration for the role of Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Obama says Summers was a critical member of his economic team and says he is grateful for his service on behalf of the country.

Summers was the leading candidate to replace current Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke but faced opposition from some Democrats.

Statement by the President


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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