Steven Rattner

An Interview with Steven Rattner
September 20, 2010

Steven Rattner’s Overhaul hits bookstores this week. But if you were expecting shocking revelations about inner workings of the Obama White House, you’ll be disappointed. Yes, Ratther is the first former administration official to write a book about his time there. But the palace intrigue in Overhaul isn’t really that intriguing. So Rahm Emanuel drops a lot of f-bombs? Larry Summers can be a bully? At the risk of depressing Rattner’s sales, I think we knew that already. But Overhaul does offer something else—something I, for one, find a lot more valuable than Washington gossip.

An Interview with Steven Rattner
September 20, 2010

Steven Rattner’s Overhaul hits bookstores this week. But if you were expecting shocking revelations about inner workings of the Obama White House, you’ll be disappointed. Yes, Rattner is the first former administration official to write a book about his time there. But the palace intrigue in Overhaul isn’t really that intriguing. So Rahm Emanuel drops a lot of f-bombs? Larry Summers can be a bully? At the risk of depressing Rattner’s sales, I think we knew that already. But Overhaul does offer something else—something I, for one, find a lot more valuable than Washington gossip.

The Car Czar's Recall
July 14, 2009

I don't know whether the car czar's tenure was the shortest of any appointee in the Obama administration. But it is certainly the most important resignation. It made the front page of today's Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and my guess is that you will be seeing the name of Steven Rattner in the news columns for a long time to come.   Rattner was offered and took a burdensome and important job in the government. And maybe he assumes that it is now over.

It Looks Ugly, It Smells Smelly, It Stinks
April 22, 2009

A while back, I commented wryly about Steven Rattner's qualifications for being the czar of the auto industry by observing that the only cars he'd been seen in for decades was ones with chauffeurs in the front seat. After that not quite relevant crack, a friend told me that he'd seen Rattner driving an HMV. Well, that is at least a qualification of sorts. Or a disqualification, depending on how seriously the reader or Rattner takes the problems with fossil fuels.Now, Edward Jay Epstein has looked into the embarrassing problem that Rattner now faces.