Release Date: August 25, 2009
For immediate release
Statement by Chairman Ben S. Bernanke:
Thank you, Mr. President.
I would like to express my gratitude to President Obama for the confidence he has shown in me with this nomination and for his unwavering support for a strong and independent Federal Reserve.
It has been a particular privilege for me to serve with extraordinary colleagues throughout the Federal Reserve System. They have demonstrated remarkable resourcefulness, dedication, and stamina under trying conditions. Through the long nights and weekends and the time away from their families, they have never lost sight of the critical importance of the work of the Fed for the economic well-being of all Americans. I am deeply grateful for their efforts.
I especially want to thank my own family--my wife Anna and our children, Joel and Alyssa. Without their support and sacrifice I could not undertake this task.
The Federal Reserve, like other economic policymakers, has been challenged by the unprecedented events of the past few years. We have been bold or deliberate as circumstances demanded, but our objective remains constant: to restore a more stable economic and financial environment in which opportunity can again flourish, and in which Americans' hard work and creativity can receive their proper rewards.
Mr. President, I commit today to you and to the American people that, if confirmed by the Senate, I will work to the utmost of my abilities--with my colleagues at the Federal Reserve and alongside the Congress and the Administration--to help provide a solid foundation for growth and prosperity in an environment of price stability.