Obama Picks Funny Guy As New Economic Adviser

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The president has selected University of Chicago economist Austan Goolsbee to be the chair of his Council of Economic Advisers. Obama will officially announce the 41-year-old Yale graduate’s appointment Friday morning. Goolsbee, a former Times columnist and History Channel host, won Funniest Celebrity in Washington in 2009 and is a frequent guest on The Daily Show. He is replacing Christina Romer, who left the post last week to return to teach at the University of California at Berkeley. [ABC News]