"Screwed" actually wasn't the exact word that was used. Christine Romer, Obama's first chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, described the post-downgrade situation to Bill Maher:
Only hours after Standard & Poor's downgraded the credit worthiness of the U.S. for the first time in history, a former Obama economic adviser summarized the situation in a colorful way.
The U.S. is "pretty darn fu**ed," said Christine Romer, President Obama's first chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
Appearing on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher", Ms. Romer was asked about what the downgrade means for the U.S. economy. Romer's profanity followed a clip for a segment on Maher's show called "How F***** Are We?"
An amused Maher paused to let the audience enjoy what Romer had said. After all, it's not everyday that a professor and former White House staffer swears on live cable.
"I've been hanging around Tim Geithner too long," Romer added, obviously trying to milk the moment.
Obama Sees No Cause for Panic Over Zika, Yet Asks for Nearly $2 Billion in Emergency Funds | Cortney O'Brien
So Much For 'Hiding': GOP Debate Ratings Highest for 2016, Crush Democratic Debate | Christine Rousselle
After Getting Police Escort, Beyonce Spews Black Lives Matter Message at Super Bowl | Cortney O'Brien
Female Bernie Sanders Fans Are Angry At Being Told It's "Their Duty" To Support Hillary Clinton | Christine Rousselle