August 2nd, 2009
11:53 AM ET
13 years ago

'I'm right up there with the boys,' Romer says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Christina Romer said Sunday that President Obama 'is very careful to make sure that every voice is heard' in his team of economic advisers."]WASHINGTON (CNN) – The only woman in President Obama’s inner circle of economic advisers said Sunday that she has no trouble holding her own with likes of Larry Summers and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

“I’m right up there with the boys,” Christina Romer, the Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

Watch: Romer on 'the boys'

“The economics team has a lot of strong personalities. I’m actually one of them,” Romer told CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin.

“I do sometimes have to interrupt them,” Romer said of Summers and Geithner, “because they do both like to talk. But, absolutely, I feel my voice is heard.

“The president is great at this,” she added. “He is very careful to make sure that every voice is heard and he made it clear he wants to hear from all of us.”

Romer also said the economics team has “some very frank discussions.”

“But it’s actually great. There’s a big feeling of mutual respect. We argue. We think about things. And then we bring recommendations to the president and I’m pretty proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish.”

soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. joel palmer

    Gosh the right wing is bitter!

    After their boy Bushie effed things up so bad it'll take the next three democratic presidents to straighten it out.

    No more repuplipigs; no more tax cuts for the rich; no more illegal wars; no more destroying the economy.

    or maybe they'r rather have someone like Jindal in charge; or Sandford or Ensign, or Gingrich or Romney. A bunch of incompetent phonies

    August 2, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Zero.

    Did I hear you properly? Your less than 95% of the Worlds population.

    You Own Nothing! You Elected Nothing. Your worth Nothing.

    Yet you shout the Loudest???? Why??????


    August 2, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. virginia nielsen

    Great job, great team, great president !!! AMERICA IS BACK!!!

    August 2, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. S Callahan

    Nice, with that said Ms. would be nice if you could have your voice heard..with the the American citizens. Say the truth of what is 'really' going on. It's good to be hopeful but the best plans are made with the truth.

    August 2, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Zero.

    USA CNN Market... A Clunk!!!

    August 2, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Ted

    As with anything, you have to be aggressive and make yourself heard. Good for Ms Romer

    August 2, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Expat American

    When will Republicans admit that the President has begun to repair the damage that their leader created? Republicans will never admit that they cheered an invasion and occupation which has taken the lives of over a half million Iraqi civilians? – Republicans will never admit that they supported kidnapping and torturing innocent people including children with little if any success. All you hear from Republicans is obstructionist rhetoric and all you see is them turning a blind eye to the fact that their Party and their ideology is solely responsible for the worst crimes against humanity committed by any ruling party of any country in 60 years.

    August 2, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. nea-nea

    I Thank GOD for President Obama and i am not a FAIR WEATHER SUPPORTER when things are good i support but when things are bad i turn against him. I know how to PRAY for him not criticize him because he is not GOD. So i pray that things will continue to turn around and the uemployement rate will go down because believe me i know what its like to be without a job. So for the ones without a job right now, dont give up keep the faith and please keep seeking because this President cannot do it all, DONT CRITICIZE HIM PRAY FOR HIM PLEASE!

    August 2, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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