Economic Adviser Romer Resigns, Senate Confirms Clapper As Head of Intel

Economic Adviser Romer Resigns, Senate Confirms Clapper As Head of Intel


The Obama administration saw two more transitions in key posts Thursday.

The U.S. Senate confirmed retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper as the next director of intelligence while Christina Romer, chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, resigned.

President Barack Obama nominated Clapper to succeed retired Adm. Dennis Blair, who resigned in May after several breaches in national security during his 16-month tenure.

“(Clapper) possesses a quality that I value in all my advisors:  a willingness to tell leaders what we need to know, even if it’s not what we want to hear,” Obama said in a June statement. “And Jim is a forceful champion of his fellow intelligence professionals —- never forgetting what it was like to risk his own life during two combat tours during the Vietnam War.”

Clapper, who was previously the chief intelligence official at the Pentagon, has pledged to work with Congress in the position, which was created by legislators in 2004.

Meanwhile, Romer will leave her post on the economics council to return to her old job as an economics professor at the University of California at Berkley, the Washington post reporter.

Her resignation is effective Sept. 3, and doesn’t appear to be a surprise, as reports stay Romer had always said her time in the Capitol was temporary. She was appointed to the post in November 2008.

Romer’s decision was impacted by “family commitments,” Obama said in a statement, according to the Post. Her husband, who also works at Berkley is scheduled to return his own post and her teenaged son will be starting high school, the Post noted.

“Christy Romer has provided extraordinary service to me and our country during a time of economic crisis and recovery,” Obama said. “The challenges we faced demanded more of Christy than any of her predecessors, and I greatly valued and appreciated her skill, commitment and wise counsel.”