Jared Bernstein Is ‘Verklempt’ to Join Biden’s Council of Economic Advisers

Bernstein, who is Jewish, was Biden’s chief economic adviser during the Obama administration

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 In this file photo Jared Bernstein, former Chief Economist and Economic Policy Adviser to US Vice President Joseph Biden, speaks at the daily White House briefing at the White House in Washington on June 8, 2009
In this file photo Jared Bernstein, former Chief Economist and Economic Policy Adviser to US Vice President Joseph Biden, speaks at the daily White House briefing at the White House, June 8, 2009 Credit: Photo by Nicholas KAMM / AFP
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Gabe Friedman

Economist Jared Bernstein found a Yiddish way to celebrate his appointment to President-elect Joe Biden’s council of economic advisers.

“Thanks for all the support, econ twitter! I’m verklempt! As a CEA member, I’m soooo excited to get to work with my awesome new colleagues in fast pursuit of full employment and a recovery that reaches everyone,” he tweeted Monday, using a Yiddish word that means overcome with joy and emotion.

Bernstein, who is Jewish, was Biden’s chief economic adviser during the Obama administration. He joins a Biden economics team that is being noted for its diversity.

Bernstein has been referred to as a “progressive” economist for his focus on income inequality and opposition to international free trade agreements.

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