Obama ‘Essentially Fired’ Bernanke: Meyer

Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 6:06 PM ET
Obama 'Essentially Fired' Bernanke: Meyer
Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 5:30 PM ET
President Barack Obama "essentially fired" Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke in televised remarks this week, former Federal Reserve Governor Laurence Meyer says.

President Barack Obama "essentially fired" Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke in televised remarks this week, former Federal Reserve Governor Laurence Meyer said Tuesday.

"I almost fell off my chair when I heard the president's remarks last night," he said on CNBC's "Fast Money."

"He essentially fired Ben Bernanke on the spot and gave him a fairly tepid testimonial afterward. It's time to really now focus on who the next chairman might be."

In an interview with Charlie Rose that aired Monday, Obama said, "Well, I think Ben Bernanke's done an outstanding job. Ben Bernanke's a little bit like Bob Mueller, the head of the FBI, where he's already stayed a lot longer than he wanted or he was supposed to."

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Meyer, who is senior managing director and co-founder of Macroeconomic Advisers, said it has "never been more important to have continuity."

"The next chairman will have a very challenging situation," he added. "It's unclear what the president wants."

Meyer, who served as a governor of the Federal Reserve from 1996 to 2002, also acknowledged a bit of an overstatement on his part.

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"There's always a bit of hyperbole when I talk, but the president said he stayed longer than he wanted to and was supposed to," he said. "What does that mean? I'm just befuddled."

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