• Jun 5, 2009
Many of us ABers being in our early- to mid-30s, we're less amazed that another of our ilk has risen to a decisive government position. We are, after all, a generation on the rise. The surprising part about Brian Deese's story is that he's been instrumental in shaping the Obama administration's moves to save General Motors, and this is his first official tour of duty in Washington. What qualifies a guy who hasn't even finished his Yale Law degree to steer President's automotive task force around? From what's been said about Mr. Deese, his quick ability to boil down the often competing economic and political aspects of any given issue.

Deese piped up in favor of Fiat's rescue of Chrysler, pointing out with a memo that a fire sale of the ailing automaker would send unforseen ripples out into the economy as a whole. Speaking out in such an influential manner is definitely unusual considering Deese doesn't appear to be an auto enthusiast or business propeller-head with his nose buried in studies and reports about the car industry. A childhood spent in the Boston suburb of Belmont, Massachusetts under the parentage of a college professor an an engineer, Deese did his undergraduate time at Middlebury College in Vermont before heading to Washington to work for Nancy Birdsall on international aid. A turn with former Clinton policy wonk Gene Sperling before the move to Yale, Hillary Clinton's bid for nomination brought Deese back to DC. With friends in Washington, Deese found himself hooked into the Obama team, and from there he's been running busily around our nation's capital.

If General Motors can successfully navigate Chapter 11, we'll all get to see just how well Brian Deese has done digesting the thorny chestnut that is saving our domestic auto industry.

[Source: The New York Times, Image: Maxhawkins - CC2.0]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      He reminds me of Ryan from "The Office". He even has the beard. Those of you who watch the show know how well things went when Ryan took over. At least Ryan completed his education.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So this is the "CHANGE" Obama was talking about? Putting inexperienced college students in charge or major automotive corporations?!?!?!? Thank God I own a Subaru, at least I know Obama and his little socialist minions can't get their grubby hands on them. I hope people will enjoy driving around in their United States Automotive Corporation (GM& Chrysler) vehicles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I’ll reserve final judgment until he’s been on the job for more than a week, but this doesn’t give me a warm fuzzy feeling.

      He sounds more like a political appointee (someone on the inside who has the trust of the President) more than an industry expert. Isn’t this what got Bush in trouble, appointing someone to run FEMA who knew nothing about disaster relief, and appointing young, inexperienced political ideologues to rebuild Iraq.

      If they wanted someone nobody has heard of before, they could have picked me!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Impressing a community organizer isn't too hard is it? Maybe the Obama administration can't find a successful business man because they are all busy trying to figure out how to avoid the massive tax burden about to be levyed on them for being successful.


      Re: the situation being worse today then last year?

      Of course it is. The US govt handed over billions of dollars in loans that everyone knew would not be paid back. The equity that the loans have been swapped for is much less valued.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Really, how much experience does anyone need. President of the UAW(Obama) vowed back in 2007 before he was even running for the Dictatorship of the USA that he was going to be giving lots of freebies to the UAW.

      Watch as Obama hands over these companies to the UAW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great, we now have a guy who has never run a lemonaid stand as president appointing this stoner to right the Titanic. This is the job they should have begged Roger Penske to do.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's all about those connections. With who they've chosen to run it, I wouldn't be surprised to see GM be a thing of the past within 18 months.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good Lord... no wonder this entire GM and Chrysler debacle has gone from bad to worse to unbelievable. A 31-year old with no genuine experience in what he is being charged to manage? Our country is being run by sophomores of the highest order. Only a bureaucracy would think this makes sense and is a clear statement as to just how "important" Obama and his crew really think the U.S. Auto industry is to the strength of this great country. How much can someone actually hate the free-market? Take a good look folks. It will only get worse!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey David, you think this 31 year old being given all this power with no experience is bad.......


        Sheep just voted for a President to run this country, and his experience was organizing people to register to vote.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bad to worse? Explain how things are worse now, that were not inevitable 3 years ago?

        Hell 3 years ago I don't think any of us would have expected Chrysler to be around at all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Occasionally, though, young people *can* have good ideas.

        If 60-year-olds in Congress and the major corporations have been running our country down the toilets for years, might as well try some fresh young blood to see if we get a different result.

        If that doesn't happen though... then we're truly screwed!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, anything is better than the fools who ran GM for the past 20 years.......
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe they could have appointed someone like Lee Iaccoca who has lots of experience in the auto industry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No, the bar has just been really, REALLY lowered.

      "a generation on the rise"
      • 5 Years Ago
      At least he's cute
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