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February 24, 2005

Daniel Froomkin Observes the Topkapi Palace

He writes:

White House Briefing: Bush yesterday promoted Harvey S. Rosen, an economist on leave from Princeton University who is already a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, to the position of chairman. But, as Edmund L. Andrews writes in the New York Times, 'White House officials indicated that Mr. Rosen will serve only as an interim chairman and plans to resume teaching at Princeton next fall. Mr. Bush's decision to name Mr. Rosen came as a surprise to some Republicans, who had been expecting the White House to nominate Ben S. Bernanke, a member of the Federal Reserve board of governors.

'And the way Mr. Bush announced Mr. Rosen's elevation was also a surprise: His name was mentioned at the bottom of a long list of personnel decisions that began with the nomination of a man to serve on the board of the Washington-area airport authority.'

Indeed.

Posted by DeLong at February 24, 2005 09:57 AM