Bernanke `Bilingual:’ Any More Quantitative Easing, Y’all?

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Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaking at a news conference for the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 12, 2012.

Ben Bernanke, a son of the South, speaks Washington these days.

He has grits in his roots. A highway interchange was named for the Federal Reserve chairman where Interstate-95 courses past Dillon, South Carolina, his birthplace — just south of a “South of the Border” (Carolinas-border) complex of Mexican-themed tourist distractions.

“Whatever happened to your Southern accent?” the Fed chairman was asked today at a news conference, after explaining the Fed’s newest policy statements and actions and warning of the consequences of going over that “fiscal cliff,” which he named.

“I like to think I’m bilingual,” Bernanke said. “When I go home, sometimes it comes out pretty strongly.”

“But I won’t try to do that here.”

It might work better with the Fed’s “Twist” than its quantitative easing.

Jeff Kearns contributed to this report. 


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