Deese, man behind dismantling GM

 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.
Brian Deese, who interrupted his law school career, is the little-seen force behind the revamping of the American auto industry.
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 Deese was thrown into auto industry’s maelstrom as soon the election-night parties ended.
“There was a time between November 4 and mid-February when I was the only full-time member of the auto task force,” Deese, a special assistant to President for economic policy, acknowledged recently. “It was a little scary.”
Deese’s role is unusual for someone who is neither a formally trained economist nor a business school graduate, and who never spent much time flipping through endless studies about future of the American and Japanese auto industries. He lives a dual life these days. He starts the day at a desk wedged just outside of Summers’s office, where he can hear what young members of economic team have come to know as “the Summers bellow.” From there, he can make it quickly to the press office to help devise explanations for why taxpayers are spending more than $50 billion on what polls show is a very unpopular bailout of the auto industry.

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