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Elizabeth Warren leaves Washington after being passed over to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Respected by some 500 of her staff, she exits the agency with a farewell note.

Elizabeth Warren leaves Washington with a farewell note to her staff. (photo: Mary F. Calvert/NYT/Redux)
Elizabeth Warren leaves Washington with a farewell note to her staff. (photo: Mary F. Calvert/NYT/Redux)

Elizabeth Warren: A Farewell Note

By Elizabeth Warren, Reader Supported News

30 July 11


Elizabeth Warren, passed over by the White House in favor of a less controversial candidate to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is returning to life in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a Harvard Law School professor.

Warren invented and created the bureau, which protects borrowers from abusive lenders, during one of the worst financial episodes in US history, aligning herself with President Obama's intentions to reform the nation's financial system.

Warren was supported by unions, community bankers and a large swath of the American public, and was thought by experts to be a highly-qualified consumer advocate.

But, after hostile and dismissive questioning from Congress, former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray was nominated in her place.

Elizabeth Warren exits respected by some 500 of her staff in the agency, with a farewell note. -- CW/RSN


From: Warren, Elizabeth
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2011 1:18 PM
Subject: A new chapter


Four years ago, I submitted an article to Democracy Journal that argued for a new government agency called the Financial Product Safety Commission. I threw myself into that piece because I felt strongly that a new consumer agency would make the credit markets work better for American families and strengthen the economic security of the middle class.

In 2007 and 2008, I wrote about the new consumer agency in a number of places, and I talked about the idea with anyone who would listen.

And then in 2009, something amazing happened. In June of that year, the President invited a few hundred people to the White House as he unveiled his initial outline for financial reform. It was the first time I had ever been invited to something like this. Just before the President stepped out, aides passed around a summary of the proposed reforms. I grabbed a copy and started tearing through it. As I skimmed over derivatives and capital reserve requirements, I turned a page and saw it - a proposal for a consumer agency. Until that moment, I wasn't certain whether the new agency would be part of the reform package or not.

Under the leadership of Secretary Geithner, Michael Barr, Eric Stein, our own Peggy Twohig, and so many of our other colleagues, the Treasury Department began to refine and improve the initial idea, preparing a proposal to submit to Congress. With strong support from the President, early leadership from Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, and grassroots efforts launched by many consumer groups, the agency began to gather momentum. Despite repeated declarations from the financial services industry and some in Congress that the agency was "dead on arrival" or "going nowhere," the proposal moved through two nail-biting committee votes, four nail-biting floor votes, and one nail-biting conference committee. It was a hard fight, but the result was a strong and independent new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with the tools needed to make a real difference for American families.

And then something even more amazing started to happen. Good people started turning the idea into a reality. With Wally Adeyemo as Chief of Staff to keep it all organized, we were underway. Smart people with a wide variety of backgrounds - banking, consumer advocacy, government, business, teaching - focused their energy and enthusiasm and creativity on building something new - something that would work for American consumers.

All along the way, the pieces came into place. We set critical priorities for the new agency, including streamlining mortgage disclosure and making credit cards easier to understand. We focused our efforts on the challenges facing military families. We organized the most aggressive and effective outreach effort anywhere in government to make sure that our goals were clear and we got as much input as possible from those who will be most affected by the agency's work. We designed a high-speed, effective HR system, and we figured out how to get in place necessary procurements to support our work. We developed legal concepts to guide our work and procedures to make sure we always honored the law. We created an innovative supervision program. We generated rules of the road to guide our enforcement and fair lending programs. We designed the systems necessary to meet our statutory deadlines and to complete ongoing rule-writing passed from other agencies. We organized an approach for connecting with consumers all across the country through our website, consumer response system, and more. And we did it all in full view, working with Congress and the media every step along the way to make sure the American people are engaged in our work and able to hold us accountable to our mission.

That is only a small summary of what we have accomplished together. We did it - and we did it well. And we have some independent verification of that: Two weeks ago, our inspectors general - a tough and independent pair of judges - wrote a glowing report about our stand-up period.

Whether you have been here for long months or only a few days, I want to thank you for choosing to be part of this agency. I know that every one of you had other options. I also know that we chose you because we believe you have something special to add. I am grateful that you came here to make a difference.

Today is my last day at the Bureau. I leave this agency, but not this fight. The issues we deal with - a middle class that has been squeezed and business models built on tricks and traps - are deeply personal to me, and they always will be.

I will cheer as you open a new chapter in our ongoing push for a strong and independent CFPB. You can realize the vision of a 21st century government that holds law-breakers accountable and that enforces basic rules that make markets work honestly. An honest market will give companies that provide fair value to their customers a chance to flourish, free from competition with cheaters. And an honest market will give American families better information, better prices, and better products - and a chance to achieve real economic security. Now it's up to you - and I couldn't be more hopeful about what lies ahead.

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+243 # AML 2011-07-30 13:28
Take that much needed time off, Elizabeth, and please, do think about a Senate run in MA. We need your inteGRITy in the Gov't
+94 # BishopAndrew 2011-07-30 14:15
Amen Amen Amen!
+10 # ER444 2011-08-01 12:18
Please please run for the Senate. I live in Germany and can't vote for you, but I would make a contribution to your candidacy, PROMISE.
+9 # RSJ 2011-08-01 17:29
Who knows? Maybe one day we'll have our era's FDR, President Elizabeth Warren.
+209 # Barbara K 2011-07-30 13:30
We will miss you, Elizabeth, I believe it is on to a greater purpose for you. I know you have greatness in you and wish you all the best in your future endeavors, and hope that some day you may even consider the Presidency. Thank you for all you did for us.
+195 # dbrown 2011-07-30 13:31
Elizabeth Warren for President in 2012
+95 # susienoodle 2011-07-30 14:21
In 2016 I'd definitely support her; wonder if she should run for governor first. Seems like that's better experience than being in the senate.
+149 # jOHN flys 2011-07-30 14:28
Can you imagine.
A woman with brains, a sense of fairness, GRIT & good looks as president of The USA.
+19 # foxglove16 2011-07-30 20:34
hear! hear!
+4 # Susan Newman 2011-08-01 17:16
I agree! Elizabeth Warren is an amazing. Integrity, intelligence, concern for what is right...she has the right mix for the d I bet she would not cave to pressure like our current President!

All the best to Ms. Warren...
+121 # maddave 2011-07-30 13:33
To Hugh Heffner, I say "Eat your heart out: HERE, Sir, is a truly beautiful woman!"

We'll miss you, Ma'am, all of us.
+151 # J.Lindsley 2011-07-30 13:35
If only more like Elizabeth Warren were coming TO Washington D.C. and more of the opposite were LEAVING, we might end up with a Democracy after all.

Shame on the GOPTBP that precipitated this loss to The Battered Americans on the lower level of the economy.

When a virus enters a system, it does take a "rocket Scientist" to eradicate it.

Will someone please stand up?


Thought not.
+152 # corallady 2011-07-30 13:57
This is how an intelligent and responsible person with real integrity says goodbye after being passed over for a job she should have had. For her, the work of the organization was the important thing, not necessarily her role as its leader. I'm not Jewish, but I know the term "mensch" and consider it a high honor to be so referred to. I would call Elizabeth Warren a mensch; and, being from Massachusetts, I hope she will run against Scott Brown for the Senate. We need people like her in government. She cares about the country and about the people. I wish we could clone her.
+33 # bobby t. 2011-07-30 14:30
an honest financial system? a fair system? god forbid.
milo minderbender
+55 # USA2012??? 2011-07-30 14:38
NOW THAT'S A DAMN SHAME: We'll all pay the price for those who succeeded in scuttling her appointment!!! May the wrath of the American Public fall upon your shoulders, and may you pay for your subversion dearly!
+69 # Mel Lowry 2011-07-30 14:39
Definitly you must run for Senator.
I plan to enter you into American elect internet nation wide voting for President
-198 # Jimmy L. Shirley Jr. 2011-07-30 14:39
Dropping names like those two perverts Chris Dodd and Blarney Frank, maybe it is just as well that she is gone.
And Geithner, well, he decided that some laws did not need to be inforced, persuading Barry of the same.
+92 # C. Price 2011-07-30 15:51
Your comments are crude and have nothing to do with Ms Warren's work.
+53 # Marcia 2011-07-30 17:59
This is typical of the right wing. Uneducated about the issues and completely ignorant about the qualifications.
+41 # Secular Humanist 2011-07-30 16:31
Quoting Jimmy L. Shirley Jr.:
Dropping names like those two perverts Chris Dodd and Blarney Frank, maybe it is just as well that she is gone.
And Geithner, well, he decided that some laws did not need to be inforced, persuading Barry of the same.

1. Since it was the Dodd-Frank bill that created the agency, whose names was she supposed to "drop" anyhow?
2. perversion -noun. Any activity undertaken by another but not admitted to by oneself.
3. Barry -Proper noun. Used as a pejorative for the sitting president; code for Kenyan Muslim [plus N-word]. Used by those with insufficient cojones to say it outright.
+4 # Dolores A McGuigan 2011-07-31 11:40
how come i clicked the red hand and it showed a plus sign?
+20 # Timaloha 2011-07-30 16:51
Bigot much?
+95 # catherine stanton 2011-07-30 14:46
Best of luck, Dr Warren.
America's loss is Harvard's gain. Your students will benefit from your inspiration and brilliance.

The Foremothers salute you as well.

Catherine Stanton, descendant of Elizabeth Cady Stanton
-51 # Timaloha 2011-07-30 15:46
Catherine -- Touting one's pedigree is pompous.

Timothy Crowninshield, descendant of John Adams
+21 # Timaloha 2011-07-30 16:59
Guess a few people didn't get the joke. Sheesh.
+6 # Timaloha 2011-07-30 19:01
Still don't get it, huh? You see, it's ludicrous that I would call someone pompous for listing their pedigree while citing my own even more impressive pedigree. Satirical irony.
+3 # kathy bannerman 2011-08-01 18:35
While I got the humor you implied, if you had read some American history other than the basic, you would know that Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a god of progressivism and not to disparage John Adams, she personally impresses me more. But all said, your point is well taken.
+9 # pbbrodie 2011-07-30 19:08
Ha,ha,ha!!! I laughed my butt off!!!
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2011-07-30 22:16
If you got it you know how to use it, you are as humble as you are..then flaunt it
+103 # hmilagro 2011-07-30 14:48
This is a good example of the unfairness of the Republicans -- this woman was the reason the agency existed but because she was so smart and would've helped the average person, they wouldn't accept her! They only want her to help the rich...and if it called for it, she would...but she never forgot the little person...someth ing the Republicans cannot they have thrown us under the bus! She will be missed!!!
+109 # Progressive Patriot 2011-07-30 16:06
It's primarily because of her intelligence that she is not heading this agency. Republicans don't like smart women. They are _afraid_ of smart women. They like women who "know their place".

The place for this woman is in a leadership role, helping the people of this country defeat the corporate whores who control our government.
+10 # Dolores A McGuigan 2011-07-31 11:42
I couldn't have said it any better! BRAVO
+88 # Regina 2011-07-30 14:48
Elizabeth Warren is an uber-mensch, whose talents served this country so superbly that an army of two-bit nit-wit connivers got mobilized to deprive us of her services. I hope we can salvage her agency even as the mendacity corps agitates against it.
+75 # sewper40 2011-07-30 14:50
God bless you. We look forward to you continued fight for us. I will continue to support you whatever your decision.
+82 # DPM 2011-07-30 14:51
Every tax paying consumer in this country should observe a moment of silence, in bereavement, at Ms. Warren's departure from the Consumer Protection Agency.
I hope that she is not completely out of the picture, for our sake.
Shame on the Administration for not forcefully backing her. Even if they could not win, they didn't even make a "peep". It was shameful.
+30 # Hors-D-whores 2011-07-30 17:59
The people you should be mad at are the Republicans. The administration, was able to place her in the position for one year, thank goodness for that. The Republicans don't know how to deal with a smart, beautiful women, they like their women dumb and good looking and with enough make-up on for a clown parade.
This is a fight that would have wasted a lot of the president's energy as there was no way that the votes were there. Republicans don't judge on meritocracy but to their party loyalties and with proof that the person they give the job to is not qualify so that they can further ruin any semblance of a democracy.
+45 # Hors-D-whores 2011-07-30 18:01
This is what class looks like. I hope she runs for Senate and then President in 2016.
+4 # rf 2011-07-31 04:38
President 2012. Obama turned coat...He is running on the Republican ticket!
0 # Jorge 2011-07-31 23:57
Yes RF, Obama (R) and Traitor Joe LIEberman for VP in 2012 (I understand that Obama wants Biden replaced as VP).
+71 # Steffany & Jeffrey B 2011-07-30 14:56
It is truly a very sad day for our country, our government and a tragic day for the American people. There are so few left in government who are willing and courageous enough to fight us. You have done so much for us and we are grateful. At the same time we fear because a government that does not listen to or care about the people is not a democracy. We wish you blessings,
Rev. Jeff Belcher & Ms. Steffie Belcher
+82 # Brian 2011-07-30 14:58
Elizabeth Warren is the Elanor Roosevelt of our time. She has my deepest admiration. We haven't heard the last of her I pray.
+77 # Hal Temkin 2011-07-30 14:59
From the first moment I saw you on TV I recognized that you were someone very special...and that you and your concern for consumers would be a champion for all Americans. Instead, Congress has found you too strong and too honest for their taste. Shame on them. Obviously, they want the crooks and liars to win and have little concern for their constiuants. Real Americans need you, Ms. Warren and I hope you will continue to hold fast to your ideals.
+36 # ME Browning 2011-07-30 17:01
Yes, shame on Congress. And shame on us, the American voters, who elected them.
+61 # Carolyn 2011-07-30 15:02
Thank you for your courage and sincerity, rare, almost, but never entirely, extinct values in these decadent times. Yours is the voice and the light that never dies.
+55 # Allen L Roland 2011-07-30 15:07
I plan to enter you into American elect internet nation wide voting for President.

I second that nomination, Mel ~ Elizabeth Warren needs to be on a national stage where her voice can be heard by millions of Americans seeking truth and transparency in our government.
+20 # maddave 2011-07-30 17:04
Quoting Allen L Roland:
Elizabeth Warren needs to be on a national stage where her voice can be heard by millions of Americans seeking truth and transparency in our government.

Agreed! Her voice DOES need to be heard in these troubled times!
How about a weekly prime time gig on MSNBC? She, a Democrat, and Larry Wilkerson, a Republican, for balance. A common-sense dream team!
+75 # judyz 2011-07-30 15:07

Thank you so much for your dedication, hard work, straight talk and decisiveness. You have become a role model for my daughters and help usher in the kind of energy and brains we need to save our crumbling democracy. Can't wait to see what you do next and please know you have supporters all over the country ready to help.
+76 # CL38 2011-07-30 15:09
I can't thank you enough for being a strong stand up voice for the American people in a time of great crisis. Like, Barbara K above, I believe you have a greater purpose in store and that's why things are evolving as they are.

As a MA resident, I hope you run for the Senate. People are not happy with the junior senator's republican votes on many important issues. I have no doubt, you would win, if you are so inclined.

Whatever the future holds for you, I trust that that there is an even more important role for you to take.

Again, truly, thank you, thank you, thank you.
+54 # lazlos 2011-07-30 15:19
Well, now is the time to rest and broaden your understanding of all of the issues and how you can beat Brown. If you should decide to run in MA., rest assured that you will have the beginning of a national supportive group which will work for you all the way to 1600 PA. Avenue. Now, by winning a senate seat you will be on your own and not beholding to anybody in DC. You can join Senator Sanders to lead the fight for the working class and give us the final historical circle into the presidency by a woman. I am 77 years old and cannot wait much longer---we have one part of the minority and must elect a woman for the rest of it. Do it!
+18 # mitchell donian 2011-07-30 20:25
Quoting lazlos:
Well, now is the time to rest and broaden your understanding of all of the issues and how you can beat Brown. If you should decide to run in MA., rest assured that you will have the beginning of a national supportive group which will work for you all the way to 1600 PA. Avenue. Now, by winning a senate seat you will be on your own and not beholding to anybody in DC. You can join Senator Sanders to lead the fight for the working class and give us the final historical circle into the presidency by a woman. I am 77 years old and cannot wait much longer---we have one part of the minority and must elect a woman for the rest of it. Do it!

+15 # mitchell donian 2011-07-30 20:30
+55 # angelfish 2011-07-30 15:28
No "Good Byes" for Elizabet Warren! Instead, Fare WELL, Elizabeth, you are the EPITOME of what an Advocate for America SHOULD be! Not only Intelligent, you have warmth and actually CARE for the people you have so wonderfully served throughout your Public Career. God Bless you, Elizabeth! I KNOW you will resurface on the Public Stage once again, doing what you do BEST, HELPING to solve our Nation's Problems, capably and with care and concern for ALL Americans! Bravo! You have done well!
+53 # Annette Saint John Lawrence 2011-07-30 15:42
It is a sorry state of affairs when those who can lead and do what is best for the people of a Nation are not permitted do so because of self interests of the corrupt. Positive change does not flourish when those calling the shots in Congress are geared for oppression.

But take Heart! As the pebbles turn to rocks in the shoes of the people, this I know:
Change Is Going To Come. What we are dealing with now is the fertilizer preparing our land- indeed our world for new growth in an ecology driven society - a redistribution of the wealth, a new way of sharing, caring, loving and harmony in our inner and outer environment.
+34 # Scott479 2011-07-30 15:52
We will work for you should you run and remove brown from office here in ma. -it is shameful our gutless president did not do a recess appointment of you-he is clearly not the man he pretends to be when campaigning.
+42 # Patbilla1 2011-07-30 15:53
My Dear Ms Warren
The reason you didn't get appointed is because you have too much purity and strength of courage and resolve. Our congress persons want compliance and obeisence and maybe a touch of larceny.

Please run for Senate!!!!!
+25 # mainsqueezer 2011-07-30 16:06
I have to quote the blowhard who I usually don't give a second's thought to.

To all of the comments above-"mega-dit tos" !
EW, you rock !
+27 # Kit 2011-07-30 16:24
That lady is one class act!
+26 # adobedweller 2011-07-30 16:47
Buena suerte, Elizabeth, as you resume your Harvard professorship. Your courage and honesty have inspired us to try to be challengers of the status quo and defenders of the financial rights of all of us. Whatever you decide to do about entering politics, believe that your back will be covered by those of us who recognize and value strong and intelligent women.
+15 # phrixus 2011-07-30 16:50
An eminently qualified individual for the post; so quickly thrown under the bus by the cowardly Obama. Does our President stand for anything other than an astonishing expertise at capitulation?
+25 # IndigoE 2011-07-30 16:56
Please, please, please run for senate. As a somewhat disillusioned 60 something woman, you give me the courage to keep on fighting the good fight with love and compassion for all (even the bastards in the financial industry!).

Thank you.
+23 # HOPE 2011-07-30 17:04
Elizabeth Warren for president. See americanselect. org I think we should nominate Elizabeth Warren for president in 2012. We have a serious problem in Washington. Our politicians are controlled by big pharma, energy, defense, oil, & financial institutions. Most of our politicians have sold out & have been bought many times over. Liz Warren has not. I believe we have in addition a medical problem in Washington, i.e. an absence of brains afflicting both parties, an absence of heart afflicting Republicans, and an absence of guts afflicting Democrats. Our nation is in decline because of this. Perhaps it's what we deserve for electing such men & women, but I believe that most Americans are good & hard-working people and deserve much better. I'm so tired of throwing away my vote. I honestly had hope this time around when I cast my vote for Mr. Obama. What a disappointment.
+35 # maddave 2011-07-30 17:20
Absolutely amazing. As a long time RSN supporter and contributor i have NEVER seen a turn-out-in-sup port of this force & direction! But then, seldom does one see a personality as deservéd of such accolades. With a properly handled campaign, this lady could, in a few weeks, amass tens-of-million s of dollars (and even more) in ground root support of her candidacy , , , for ANY office that she chooses.

You go, Ma'am! We've got your back.
+28 # hms 2011-07-30 17:25
Bravo to you and your many contributions! We did and still need you in government so please find a role in it promptly! And I love the fact that you scared the hell out of the greedy elements of our suffering system. May you, and we, win the next round!
+35 # lonestarcornhusker 2011-07-30 17:29
Elizabeth Warren is a national treasure. All Americans should be proud of her intelligence, character, and honesty. She is a real hero and someone I hope all of our children strive to emulate. She is a person with vision, guts, and a work ethic second to none. Washington D.C. is not worthy of her but let's hope that she runs for Senate or higher office. She may be one of the few with the strength to lift our government onto her shoulders and carry our country back to greatness. Lead onward, Elizabeth Warren. America will follow.
+21 # daf444 2011-07-30 18:17
This is well said; one hopes that E. W's zeal endures and continues to be matched by her strength and independence.
I would vote for her to any office she might wish to pursue.
+28 # Secular Humanist 2011-07-30 17:59
Her place should be on the Supreme Court. Thomas has violated the "good behavior" requirement of the Constitution. Dump him, put Warren in his place.
+18 # tomo 2011-07-30 18:05
People of America: which would you rather have as Democratic Candidate for President in 2012: a) a woman everyone says is extremely intelligent, honest, and courageous, or b) the pushover current President who lacked the guts to stand by her? We are told by very demoralized (or perhaps "purchased") pundits, that if we won't hold our nose and vote for Obama, we will end up with Bachmann. Wouldn't Elizabeth Warren be a much more effective rival to Bachmann than a failed president would?
+22 # Harriet 2011-07-30 18:08
Yes, it's Elizabeth Warren for President. Please run, Elizabeth. Help us take back our country.
+21 # Ione G. Shadduck 2011-07-30 18:13
I only hope I live long enough to see you become the President of U.S.
+20 # merygoround 2011-07-30 18:18
It's all been said above, but I want to add my own note of thanks to Elizabeth Warren for her valiant attempts to give us some protection from corporate machinations and obfuscations. Dear Ms Warren, you give government a good name!
+28 # jon 2011-07-30 18:22
I wish Molly Ivins was here to comment on all of this!
+13 # Care2Dream 2011-07-31 05:39
Absolutely, she warned what George W. did to Texas he'd do to the country...she was right.
+24 # Fedtransparancy 2011-07-30 18:49
Elizabeth Warren did her Job too well striking fear in the hearts of the little weasals who manipulate the treasury and financial tranactions duping an unsuspecting American Public. She hit the nail on the head when she stood up and said "I am afraid we have not investigated the claims of mortgage fraud properly" Then they axed her {little weasals trying to cover their tracks) Go ahead (get the car I'll Drive or ride shotgun for Elizabeth Warren )
i am not afraid of scair tactics (the only thing we have to fear is fear itself) We need a thousand like Elizabeth to run the snakes out of gov't
Right On ! Elizabeth leges TRUTH IN LENDING ! GODSPEED YOU
+3 # tomo 2011-08-01 11:05
Fedtransparancy : Good for you that you cite continuing mortgage fraud, and Warren's statement about the need to investigate it! Every time I hear about our sending drones over Afghanistan ("in order to bring democracy to the Afghans and institute law and order among them"), and then reflect on the way sheriffs in our own country continue to throw people from their homes on the basis of documents the banks have forged, I want to vomit. There is nothing in the Constitution that requires the President of the United States "to bring democracy to Afghanistan." On the other hand the President of the United States IS the chief law-enforcement officer of the United States--one who, by oath of office, makes a commitment to ensure domestic tranquility. It's time to dump the endorser-of-all -wrongs who presently occupies the White House, and put someone with the character of Elizabeth Warren in his place.
+25 # MainStreetMentor 2011-07-30 18:53
... and there, America, is what a caring, backboned patriot looks like. There's no one I respect more than Elizabeth Warren.
+23 # jamesbh999 2011-07-30 18:55
Thank you Dr. Warren. You gave me and millions of others an illustrative example of a public official acting with integrity, according to principle, and based on fairness and intelligence. I sleep better at night and reflect more fondly on the possible future of my country having witnessed your efforts and shared in/benefited from your successes. I join all the others in committing myself to support you without reservation should you decide to run for elective office. You are an inspiration and a true American hero. Enjoy your brief respite, there is more work to be done.
+8 # Fedtransparancy 2011-07-30 18:59
federal transparancy
+17 # Tom Murdock 2011-07-30 19:12
This writing confirms to me what a data-driven, competent replacement for Senator Brown Ms. Warren would be.

Let's hope she agrees and announces soon.
+17 # 12255 2011-07-30 19:45
Thank you Dr. Warren. I, as well as many citizens, hope you will continue to advocate for us.
+17 # Magars 2011-07-30 19:57
EW's departure is other fact that shows that something is terrible wrong in USA. Progressive community thanks EW for her dedication!!!
+12 # 2011-07-30 20:02
Thank you, Eliabeth for all you've done! Hope you'll run for the White House in 2014--you have my vote,

+10 # hankbob 2011-07-30 20:25
ew... you're more macha than any of those faux macho repug and blue pig dumocrat posers that opposed you...and you're cute. There's something very threatening about integrity in a system based on returning political favors for corporate sponsorship...a nd sanctioned by the Supreme Court thru corporate personhood. It's whack. Don't be stranger in the public're fun and we love you. Hang tough sister.
+10 # eldoryder 2011-07-30 21:49
If Obama can get back in in 2012, it should be obvious that his next Supreme Court Nomination goes to Elizabeth Warren. Her good work balancing the SC would last DECADES and far outperform any number of Presidents.
+10 # brianf 2011-07-30 23:57
Warren is closer to the dream we hoped Obama would be than Obama was.
+13 # Bill Clements 2011-07-31 00:22
When you encounter someone like Ms. Warren in the seamy world of politics, it takes your breath away. And most of us know it when we see it.

Why are there so few Elizabeth Warrens supporting the people?
+1 # Paul Scott 2011-07-31 00:47
Let stupid drive the bus and immediately stupid will start kicking anyone who knows how to drive off the bus.
+8 # Care2Dream 2011-07-31 05:13
Elizabeth Warren stepped up, put her heart and soul into doing something for all Americans. Where were the people who should be rallying behind her? Where is the outrage in letting those who set this nation (and the world) on an economically destructive course? Do the bullies get their way again? Greed and corruption are at the core of the nation's ills. Thank you Elizabeth for leading the way to right these wrongs. Keep up the good fight and hope the "good guys (good women)" win in the end. Best wishes to you and we support you out here in the "Heartland."
+10 # Care2Dream 2011-07-31 05:37
Where was the pushback from Democrats in Congress when Dr. Warren was attacked by the GOP? These GOP members are shills for the powerful corporations who Dwight Eisenhower warned us about years ago and now hold our country's democracy hostage. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney opened the door to these corporate "evil-doers" giving them the store. Let's hope the vail will be lifted and expose them for who and what they are just as we are learning about Rupert Murdoch in the UK.
+10 # Heartbeatt 2011-07-31 05:56
Imagine a world where more people like Elisabeth Warren ran our countries.
+7 # rhonda Cohen 2011-07-31 06:40
From Edgartown, Massachusetts: Run Elizabeth Run!
+9 # Lorene Garrett-Browd 2011-07-31 07:48
It is a sad day when a political party can cause a very good woman not to nominated for a job that she is well qualified for. I believe we are on a very dangerous path in this country.
+7 # wleming 2011-07-31 08:55
thanks dear president obama
for backing down, once again
elizabeth warren was posed to do
what others would not... with just
a flourish of your feeble pen
+8 # George Baggett 2011-07-31 08:59
Rarely can one affect change and get credit for it - Ms Warren you have accomplished this and more. Your continued pounding by the right-wing radicals have shown the public their true alliances.
+9 # Patricia Jackman 2011-07-31 10:59
Many thanks for all you've done to protect consumers. You accomplished it with knowledge and strength to set up an agency to protect the Americam people. I am sooo frustrated that you were not appointed as the head of the CFPB. I'm from Massachusetts. Please run for the Senate!!!! There is more you can do.
+8 # Shawn 2011-07-31 11:26
These comments run 99% in her favor---and I concur wholeheartedly. Would love to see her contributions to our nation, at ANY level, continue. She IS a national treasure.

But I have a disquieting thought: I felt (and in large measure still feel) this way about Obama. I'm not at all sure he turned out to be something less than we thought.

The difference lies in the pressure-cooker of THIS SYSTEM, driving everyone to capitulate at every turn, resulting in a depressing sameness throughout our entire body politic. Could the same thing happen to Elizabeth Warren?

As for Obama---keep the faith, folks! All the returns aren't in yet!
+4 # phrixus 2011-07-31 17:01
"All the returns aren't in yet?" Seriously? What HASN'T Obama failed at, capitulated to, or succeeded at in such a watered-down fashion as to be insignificant? Make no mistake - what we are witnessing is a failed presidency. Obama has no principles he is not willing to compromise.
+13 # SOF 2011-07-31 13:44
Elizabeth Warren was often on Bill Moyers NOW (PBS). It was such a joy and inspiration to listen to them -two intelligent, learned, and soulful people. I will vote for her anytime.
Beyond that folks, we will have to work hard to prevent the demise of the agency -which has already been handicapped and subverted.
We live in a predatory society. We are merely 'consumers' and an agency for Consumer Protection will be attacked, propogandized, and villified. Expect 'gotcha' tapes that have been edited, accusations of socialism, etc, etc.
We can be smart 'cosumers' by not buying or consuming any of the garbage and poison. It can be done. Know who you are giving your money to. Organize coops, gardens. Protest and accuse the predators. Sign petitions, call and write your reps. Go to you city council meetings. Speak up.Claim your power to do this. You know what to do -get creative.
+10 # Tom Cahill 2011-07-31 14:34
Down with the US corporate dictatorship.

Elizabeth Warren is much too important globally to be mired in the US Senate. We need to draft and elect her President of the United States. She is a major player in the new global Renaissance underway right now.

Tom Cahill
+6 # Frank McNutt 2011-07-31 16:30
Truely, an inspirational person. I trust that she will continue to serve, not only the institution in Cambridge but those of us for whom she advocated so superbly. You have my best wishes, Dr. Warren.
+2 # Mort Fineberg 2011-08-01 09:18
The party of "no" must go.
Dr. Warren should have her own hour or
two on the radio to filter the XXXX
that Rush Limbaugh spews 5 days a week.......(tal k about air pollution) !!!
+3 # VSweet 2011-08-01 12:42
Thank you Elizabeth Warren. You are truly appreciated for all the fine work you have been doing for the vulnerable people in our nation.
You may exit Washington with the graces of a lady that you are, but I do believe you will return very soon and with strong support from the people of this nation to lead in some way.
+1 # douglas clermont 2011-08-01 19:40
Ms. Warren, many eloquent things have been said about you and your marvelous ability to form the agency. so, so, so many of us Americans have become attached to having you around, We desperately do not want you to leave. Pls
pls pls run for the senate, or even better, the presidency in 2012. I am truly fed up and disappointed with BONE HEAD O BAMA. He is not a man of and for the people but is so so willing to cave in to the Republicans. Most of us who voted for him are extremely disappointed in the man...breaking promises and causing us to lose all faith in the man
without gonads. I wud do anything and give everything to help with ur campaign;
+1 # Rustyhank85 2011-08-02 06:40
Elzabeth Warren a gifted, intelligent, copassionate woman of valor, team up with Robert Reich and Davud Korten and write the true story of of how the FED, Wall Street and Corporaye politics are underminig the economic health and wealth of the middle . working class of our beloved country. Tell we the people what must be done to save our demcratic way of life and not to submit to corperate control.

+2 # madmedic7071 2011-08-02 13:11
It’s stunning and sad how quickly Obama has donned the slave chains crafted for him by the Republicans and their corporate masters.

It’s morally outrageous, verging on treason, how easily he has helped his masters lock the same slave chains onto the middle class and all who supported him for the presidency.

Bill Hart
Sebring, Fl
+1 # CatDancer 2011-08-02 15:48
E.W. was and is the best choice for this post. It is disappointing that POTUS did not avidly support her. She stated that the bureau (it was supposed to be an agency)would not have been possible without her stepping down. I don't know the inside story on that, only that Geithner was not her friend.

I think she supports her replacement who has some record re. consumer protection. I'm pretty sure that the GOP will still try to undermine this bureau and try to knock out funding for it.

I would support any move she makes into politics, but maybe she has better things to do. If she thinks she can be more effective outside of the bickering and mealy-mouthed congress, then let's leave her to do it.

Her good looks have nothing to do with anything, BTW.
+1 # Blast Dorrough 2011-08-03 10:57
What a presidential ticket that would be!!---Elizabet h Warren for President and David Korten for VP. Both are the personification of integrity, intelligence and brilliance. President BHO has yet to give any semblance of true leadership to get the job done while occupying the White House. He has yet to meet his campaign promises suggesting that he would be a spiritual clone of FDR. In reality,BHO's failure to stand on principle in compliance with his sworn oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution has more enhanced the political agenda of the lawless Cheney-led Bush presidency. Caving in to evil GOP positions in blatant mockery of the Constitution is not compromise. It is in sanction of treason without at least standing on principle until the evil GOPers did, or, if not, vetoed all such unconstitutiona l actions. The Warren/Korten ticket should strongly be considered for immediate preparations for a draft movement. I'm getting more inspired already thinking about the real possibility of re-claiming our constitutional Republic now under usurpation of the born-again monarchists/fas cists masked as "Republicans" and "Democrats."

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