“Prickly” and “unapologetic” were among the adjectives used to describe White House economic advisor Lawrence Summers in a National Journal piece covering Summers' valedictory speech at the Economic Policy Institute. Interesting.
We tried to chat with him a few times at those awkward events that pass for socializing in Washington. “Acid stare” and “curdling dismissiveness” would be our description. But anyway:
Summers expressed no regrets for the administration's choices. He refused to cede ground either to conservatives who said the stimulus had been ineffective or liberals who argued that it had been too small.
“The president has been right to take pride in what has been averted, and that is not easy for people always to understand,” Summers said.
Ah, Summers — no regrets, no apologies. Today is his last day at the White House. He's going back to Harvard to teach.
Our favorite Summers moment by far was the time he nodded off during a White House meeting last year with credit card officials. And it wasn't even the only time! (See photo)