Ben Bernanke

Ben Bernanke

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Ben Bernanke, center, chairman of Council of Economic Advisers, shakes hands with President George W. Bush during a news conference as Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan looks on, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Oct. 24, 2005. Bernanke, a former Federal Reserve governor, was named today by President George W. Bush to succeed Alan Greenspan as Fed chairman.