James Pethokoukis

Replacing Larry Summers …

November 22, 2010

From the White House’s perspective, the ideal replacement for Larry Summers as chief economic brain would be a female chief executive who could reach out to Republicans and the business community without irking liberals. Buzz about the candidacy of Roger Altman, the founder of investment bank Evercore, shows how difficult it may be for President Barack Obama to land that dream candidate.

Will Roger Altman replace Larry Summers?

November 17, 2010

The latest buzz is that investment banker and former Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger Altman is the likely choice to replace Larry Summers as director of the National Economic Council.  A few thoughts:

Is Jared Bernstein the next director of the NEC?

November 11, 2010

Who will replace Larry Summers as the director of the National Economic Council? One well-placed source of mine claims it is likely to be  Jared Bernstein, currently VP Joe Biden’s economic guru.

Heck of a job, Larry (Summers)

October 28, 2010

This, to me, is the money exchange from President Obama’s appearance last night on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart:

Summers speculation roundup

September 22, 2010

Place your bets!


Following are economists that have been mentioned as potential replacements for Summers as director of the White House National Economic Council.

More on Larry Summers leaving the White House

September 22, 2010

A few additional thoughts about Larry Summers leaving the White House and going back to Harvard:

The departure of Larry Summers

September 22, 2010

So who is going to replace Larry Summers over at the White House? My Reuters colleagues list a number of options. I have come up with a number of my own over at Twitter. (The WH would love a female CEO as director of the National Economic Council, methinks.) Anyway, here is my Reuters Breakingviews column on the the impending Summers exit:

Why Larry Summers may not make it until 2011

May 24, 2010

David Warsh dismisses reports that Larry Summers may stick around longer than many in Washington expect:

Why Geithner and Summers may stick around for a while

April 8, 2010

I am writing a column on this, given the rumors about Larry Summers soon departing.  But a few quick thoughts:

The campaign against Larry Summers

January 6, 2010

A quick exit for Larry Summers? That’s the goal of an incipient whispering campaign within segments of his own party. Detractors of the superstar White House  economic adviser blame his deficit-phobia for a skimpy stimulus and resulting jobless recovery in the United States.