Meet GM's Dismantler: Brian Deese

Martin Schwoerer
by Martin Schwoerer
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The New York Times introduces 31-year-old Brian Deese, a near graduate of Yale Law School, as President Obama’s pick to re-shape General Motors—and American capitalism along the way. As a special assistant to the president for economic policy, he was pretty much the only full-time member of the Presidential Task Force on Automobiles from November 4 through mid-February. He comes to the job with no automotive experience, or business experience, or much experience at all, if you put his resume up against the insanely vast and critical task before him. Making him perfect for the job. Maybe a real outsider is just what the General needs. Deese seems to have earned the president’s ear with competence. By all reports, he sees the challenges of GM’s tumble holistically, in terms of the effect on the economy in general, Medicaid and unemployment insurances in the specific, and understands the political ramifications of every thing he eats, reads or wears from here on out. No one older than 31 would want this job. And you’d be hard pressed to find anyone younger. So he’s perfect.

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  • Pleiter Pleiter on Jun 01, 2009

    Was this the person at the Wednesday Opel meeting which went off so well ?

  • Paris-dakar Paris-dakar on Jun 01, 2009

    As someone who worked for two separate suppliers to GM as an Account Manager and a Program Manager, I can say quite seriously that I would be a better choice for this job.

  • WetWilly WetWilly on Jun 01, 2009
    What is the difference between “a near graduate” and “a dropout”? "A near graduate" works in the Obama Administration; a "dropout" works in the Bush Administration.

  • U mad scientist U mad scientist on Jun 01, 2009

    It seems those bitching here didn't read the article. If you're going to that lazy, at least look at CashMoney's short comment for an accurate synopsis.