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President thanks Elizabeth Warren for “poking and prodding people” to create consumer agency

WASHINGTON - Senator Elizabeth Warren went to the White House Wednesday morning to celebrate the confirmation of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where President Obama thanked her for “poking and prodding people for a long time” to create the agency.

It was a big day for the Massachusetts Democrat, who said Cordray’s confirmation brings key legitimacy to the agency she played a large role in creating before she became a senator. His appointment had been held up for two years.

Warren wanted to lead the agency herself but President Obama decided not to nominate her amid Republican opposition. So was Cordray’s confirmation bitter sweet?

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Warren said no, in an interview Tuesday. “I love this fight,” she said of her role in the Senate. “It’s the fight we need to have.”

Noah Bierman can be reached at nbierman@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @noahbierman.