David Kirkpatrick

December 19, 2008

Obama names three financial regulators

Getting the entire economic/finance team in place is a must-do for Obama. He’s walking into a mess of  a situation.

From the link:

President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday named three veteran regulators to round out his economic team and vowed to revamp regulatory rules to prevent a repeat of the financial and economic debacles the country is suffering through.

His announcement came as he lays the groundwork for a giant economic stimulus package, possibly $850 billion over two years, aimed at reviving the flagging economy. It would rival drastic government actions taken to fight the Great Depression in the 1930s.

Obama blamed regulators for the financial debacle, saying they “dropped the ball.” Regulators, he said, “have been asleep at the switch.”

American people, watching their investments tank, are frustrated that “there’s not a lot of adult supervision out there,” Obama added.

At a Chicago news conference, Obama named Mary Schapiro to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission, Gary Gensler to head the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Daniel Tarullo to fill an empty Federal Reserve seat. All three will need to be confirmed by the Senate next year.