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Bernanke says he’s staying in D.C., but visiting North Carolina

Outgoing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, in his farewell news conference, said he plans to stay in Washington for the immediate future, but will be spending Christmas vacation in North Carolina, where he has family in Charlotte and Durham.

Bernanke grew up in Dillon, S.C., but as a child visited his maternal grandparents in Charlotte, where in a past speech he recalled playing chess with his grandfather and appearing in a Charlotte Observer photo accompanying a recipe for his grandma’s blintzes.

Asked by a McClatchy Washington Bureau reporter whether he planned to retire in South Carolina, Bernanke said most of his family is now in North Carolina, but his uncle, Mort, still lives in Dillon. “He's 85 and very, very chipper,” he said Wednesday.

In past years, Bernanke has come to Charlotte to visit his parents and his brother, Seth, and his family. Bernanke’s father, Phil, died last year.

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