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June 02, 2009 – Comments (15)

Slycapital has the story:

This is Brian Deese. He is a 31 year old law school drop out who literally is Obama’s “auto task force”:

“There was a time between Nov. 4 and mid-February when I was the only full-time member of the auto task force,” Mr. Deese, a special assistant to the president for economic policy, acknowledged recently as he hurried between his desk at the White House and the Treasury building next door. “It was a little scary.”

Mr Deese has never had a real job:

Mr. Deese’s route to the auto table at the White House was anything but a straight line. He is the son of a political science professor at Boston College (his father) and an engineer who works in renewable energy (his mother). He grew up in the Boston suburb of Belmont and attended Middlebury College in Vermont. He went to Washington to work on aid issues and was quickly hired by Nancy Birdsall, a widely respected authority on the effectiveness of international aid and the founder of the Center for Global Development.

But he wanted to learn domestic issues as well, and soon ended up working as an assistant for Gene Sperling, who 17 years ago in the Clinton White House played a similar role as economic policy prodigy. Eventually, Mr. Deese headed to Yale for his law degree. But his e-mail box was constantly filled with messages from friends in Washington who were signing up to work for the Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigns. Mr. Deese chose Senator Clinton’s.

Until now:

It is not every 31-year-old who, in a first government job, finds himself dismantling General Motors and rewriting the rules of American capitalism.

But that, in short, is the job description for Brian Deese, a not-quite graduate of Yale Law School who had never set foot in an automotive assembly plant until he took on his nearly unseen role in remaking the American automotive industry.

Nor, for that matter, had he given much thought to what ailed an industry that had been in decline ever since he was born. A bit laconic and looking every bit the just-out-of-graduate-school student adjusting to life in the West Wing — “he’s got this beard that appears and disappears,” says Steven Rattner, one of the leaders ofPresident Obama’s automotive task force — Mr. Deese was thrown into the auto industry’s maelstrom as soon the election-night parties ended.

But its not like he’s really in charge of what happens in the auto industry, right?

one night, he decided to get into his car with his dog and just started driving back to Washington. Tired, he pulled over to catch some sleep in the car.

“I slept in the parking lot of the G. M. plant in Lordstown, Ohio,” he recalled. The giant plant, opened during G.M.’s heyday in the mid-1960s, is where the Pontiac G5 is produced. Under the plan Mr. Deese worked on when he arrived in Washington, Pontiac will disappear.

“I guess that was prophetic,” he said, shaking his head.

If you’ve lost your auto dealership this is the guy who came up with metric that you weren’t worth keeping. This guy decided Pontiac will cease to exist!

This story scares the f..k out of us. Have things really got this  bizarre?

MY COMMENT:  Yes, Homeland Security is going to get busy, busy. There is a reason you cannot find/buy ammo, this is one of them.  

15 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On June 02, 2009 at 7:35 AM, abitare (43.81) wrote:

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#2) On June 02, 2009 at 9:09 AM, Gemini846 (47.03) wrote:

Pontiac was on the short list for a LONG time. Do you remember Oldsmobile? They were talking about shutting down Pontiac when they closed Olds in 2001. Ca 2001 when I worked for a Pontiac, Buick, GMC dealer, I could find you 4 different brands that all shared the same engines and other than the chassis and minor details were identical. (Grand Am, Malibu, Regal, and Alero).

Honestly I'm not worried about this guy doing his job. He's likely very impartial and can slice & dice where an industry veteran might not be able to. If GM was concerned about itself it wouldn't have paid incompetant managers millions for years to bury it whole.

Good find.

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#3) On June 02, 2009 at 9:20 AM, devoish (96.42) wrote:

Abitare,

I am surprised you accepted that article at face value. 

Brian Deese sounds like he is inflating his resume.

He was not President Obama's "auto task force" (He might have been Bush's). Certainly not beginning in Nov, before Obama was president. 

President Obama's "auto task force" was formed in mid February, roughly one month after President Obama was inaugurated, and four months after Slycapital says Deese was hired. Deese was probably a holdover who is lucky he wasn't fired when the earlier administration left office.

Auto task force taking shape.

 

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#4) On June 02, 2009 at 9:51 AM, JakilaTheHun (99.93) wrote:

I've read over this story a couple of times, but I can find absolutely no substance to it.  It never explains Deese's job in detail, gives any specifics, or clues us in on his role in the grant scheme of things.  It merely attempts to imply that the auto task force is run by a single 31 year-old man who recently left law school. 

I don't think I'd trust this article or the source, as there seems to be an agenda present. 

Also, the comments are completely inaccurate.  GM decided that Pontiac would cease to exist. 

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#5) On June 02, 2009 at 11:01 AM, FourthAxis (< 20) wrote:

"What me worry?"

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#6) On June 02, 2009 at 2:11 PM, KatWoman50 (< 20) wrote:

Just because you find it written somewhere, doesn't make it the truth.

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#7) On June 02, 2009 at 3:34 PM, abitare (43.81) wrote:

KatWoman50,

NY Times, one the US best papers does usually try and get it right.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/01/business/01deese.html?_r=1&ref=politics

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#8) On June 02, 2009 at 3:43 PM, abitare (43.81) wrote:

Gemini846, 

devoish

JakilaTheHun 

argggg, I am short on sleep and cannot check my grammer, I do not know how Mish does it....

THE POINT: The guy is an INexperienced no nothing K.....I.....D like Obama.

THE POINT: CONFIDENCE - in the administration, the rule of law and Obama. Obama is no Eisenhower or Ron Paul. Obama is eroding trust and confidence at an UNPARRELLED pace.

THE POINT: This is NOT a Team of Rivals, of the best and brightest to determine the future of  the US/GM

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#9) On June 02, 2009 at 3:44 PM, abitare (43.81) wrote:

Eisenhowers Farewell Address Jan. 1961

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#10) On June 02, 2009 at 3:48 PM, abitare (43.81) wrote:

FYI - This is the most popular story in the NY Times today. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/01/business/01deese.html?_r=1&ref=politics

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#11) On June 02, 2009 at 4:16 PM, theMovement (85.13) wrote:

abitare............

 

Maybe he's arroding your trust, but if I was to guess your probably a conservative, so that doesn't surprise me much. 

Trust this..... believe it or not, the government is not trying to screw us.  There are many different approaches that can be attempted to fixing economies and they all impact our economy in different ways be it monetary policy, fiscal policy, trickle down economics, infrastructure investments, etc etc etc.  If those policies help business first, then people not directly tied into those businesses will probably think the gov't doesn't care about them.  If they help out the middle class, then the upper class is upset with raised taxes or whatever it may be. 

THE POINT: Only time will tell what kind of impact these policies have on America.  You can cry all you want about it now, but in 20 years you might look back and marvel at how we were able to beat a potential depression before it spiralled to much lower levels than it could have gone.  Or you may look back and tell people how you were so right about Obama's administration.  Truth be told no matter what side of the coin you're on, there's a pretty good chance that you could be wrong and there's an even bigger chance that those who pass judgement on the intelligence of someone who was in Yale lawschool without knowing the person might not be fully thinking through what they are saying..... which brings me to this.............

THE BIG POINT:  YALE'S LAW SCHOOL IS ONE OF THE BEST, IF NOT THE BEST LAW SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY.  IT'S ALSO ONE OF THE HARDEST TO GET INTO.  IF WE HAD TO PLACE A BET ABOUT BRIAN DEESE'S INTELLIGENCE ONLY GIVEN THE INFORMATION IN THAT ARTICLE, I WOULD HAPPILY PLACE MY MONEY ON BRIAN DEESE BEING A VERY SMART MAN.  INTELLIGENCE IS A GOOD PLACE TO START WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A PERSON TO TAKE ON A COMPLICATED JOB.  THIS GUY DID NOT DROP OUT OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE.  HE LEFT THE BEST LAW SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY TO HELP OUT OUR COUNTRY WITH ONE OF ITS MOST DAMAGED INDUSTRIES.  THAT IS AN OPPORTUNITY MEANT FOR A SMART PERSON AND I BELIEVE TAKEN ON BY A SMART PERSON, SO I SAY, "THANK YOU BRIAN DEESE!"

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#12) On June 02, 2009 at 9:40 PM, tonester2k (< 20) wrote:

This is a typical BS article by the typical "new Republicans". I am an "old" Republican - 50 years old - and embarrassed by the garbage being spewed forth by "my" party. Sounds like a KKK meeting in Alabama, or a particularly bad right wing documentary film. The current administration, despite being of the "other" party, is lead by and includes some of the most intelligent people i have ever seen in government - ever. Period. And I have no problems with my guns and ammo :-)...

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#13) On June 02, 2009 at 10:32 PM, alexxlea (42.32) wrote:

You know, in other countries, they have enough sense to vote for parties that more closely identify with their basket of particular interests. And they actually have mutliple parties. And when you think about it, the more parties you have the option of attending, the better your night will probably turn out.

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#14) On June 02, 2009 at 11:18 PM, FleaBagger (28.07) wrote:

I would like to dispute that the NYT is one of the nation's best newspapers or that it usually tries to get it right. It is one of the nation's typically pro-democrat, rah-rah papers that usually tries to gussy up democrats at the expense of the truth. But that they have the honesty, in this one article, to point out an example of one Obama administration worker who is in over his head trying to control something in the private sector, is an encouraging sign. Change brings hope.

theMovement -

I would love for you to read everything you can at this website, and write to me in the comments section of my blog about what you disagree with, and why, and what you believe. That would be a fruitful conversation for both of us, I think.

tonester2k and theMovement -

As far as I can see, no one is disputing the intelligence of the Obama administration. Merely the idea that anyone should be in charge of everyone else, in what used to be known as "tyranny." If Brian Deese (or Obama or anyone Obama can possibly find) can run GM better than GM has been run, they are welcome to start their own car companies, outdo GM (which shouldn't be hard, apparently) and hire GM's workers, keep GM's suppliers in business, and make a handsome profit in the process. But instead they are using the coercive power of government to direct things differently from the forces of supply and demand, a.k.a. the people.

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#15) On June 09, 2009 at 9:34 PM, BonFete (28.89) wrote:

Brian Deese could not do any worse than those with  overinflated egos and bonuses who destroyed the company.  Time for a smart young man to look at the damage.  He may do more for America than theold white captains of industry in private planes who went to Washington to beg for handouts.

Bon Fete

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