WASHINGTON — Though Senate approval to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke's renomination is almost a given, reaction to the news was swift and often strong. Listed below are selected excerpts from some of those that weighed in.

"The man next to me, Ben Bernanke, has led the Fed through one of the worst financial crises that this nation and the world had ever faced. As an expert on the Great Depression, I'm sure Ben never imagined that he would be part of a team responsible for preventing another. But because of his background, his temperament, his courage, and his creativity, that's exactly what he has helped to achieve. And that is why I am re-appointing him to another term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve."

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