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President Obama Lauds Barney Frank for Championing Finance Reform, Affordable Housing, LGBT Rights

President Obama released a statement on Barney Frank's retirement:

BobfThis country has never had a Congressman like Barney Frank, and the House of Representatives will not be the same without him. For over 30 years, Barney has been a fierce advocate for the people of Massachusetts and Americans everywhere who needed a voice. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of families and businesses and helped make housing more affordable. He has stood up for the rights of LGBT Americans and fought to end discrimination against them. And it is only thanks to his leadership that we were able to pass the most sweeping financial reform in history designed to protect consumers and prevent the kind of excessive risk-taking that led to the financial crisis from ever happening again. Barney's passion and his quick wit will be missed in the halls of Congress, and Michelle and I join the people of the Bay State in thanking him for his years of service.

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  1. Yikes! He's my congressman. I am going to miss him. The vaccuum here MA will be interesting to see how it gets filled. We lost one seat in Congress and the districts have been redrawn. The current district returned Barney again and again and again with large majorities.

    Posted by: Daya | Nov 28, 2011 2:30:00 PM

  2. I actually interviewed him when I was a reporter on Capital Hill, about a wetlands project in his home state. It was a minor publication, to say the least, and I couldn't believe he took the time for me. I also was just taking my first uncertain steps out of the closet. I thought, and think, that he's a remarkable man.

    Posted by: Butch | Nov 28, 2011 2:33:41 PM

  3. What an amazing American. I'm proud of the fights he has made on the behalf of all Americans. Affordable health care, reforms in the banking and ending discrimination against all people. He has affected more people than he will ever know. Thanks Barney

    Posted by: demous | Nov 28, 2011 3:13:50 PM

  4. Amen to that Mr. President. I hope we continue to hear Barney's eloquent honest voice for many years to come..

    Posted by: Charley | Nov 28, 2011 3:39:51 PM

  5. I think we need to divide his career into three parts: pre-scandal, post-scandal and post-Clinton. It's really only the 15 years between his scandal and 1999 that he was truly effective in a good way. After 2000 he became too much of a pal to cronies, etc. and it really fouled up his record. Dodd-Frank is a strange law in many ways. It seemed mostly designed to cement the failings of the previous eight years into law and absolve the pair from any blame.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 28, 2011 4:28:16 PM

  6. In a proclamation of unintended satire our fierce Bigot in Chief lauds our fierce Quisling in Chief, an opponent of same sex marriage in California in 2004 and fierce opponent of a strong ENDA in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and etc.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Nov 29, 2011 2:20:33 AM

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