September 7th, 2009
12:48 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama names Bloom administration manufacturing adviser

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama plans to name Ron Bloom as the administration's senior counselor for manufacturing policy, the White House said Monday.

"Bloom will provide leadership ... for the president's agenda to revitalize the manufacturing sector," a White House statement said.

Bloom will keep his role as senior adviser to the Treasury Secretary assigned to the President's Task Force on the Automotive Industry. He has previously served as special assistant to the president of the United Steelworkers Union and as an investment banker, the statement said.

The news comes a month after the U.S. manufacturing sector grew for the first time in 18 months and recorded its highest monthly output in two years, the White House said.

"A strong manufacturing sector is the cornerstone of American competitiveness and a critical part of President Obama's economic strategy," Bloom said, according to the statement.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    If Obama is so bright, why is it he needs all of these advisers and czars?.....more than any president in history. Sounds like someone is in way, WAY over his head.....or maybe he just doesn't want to be accountable for anything.

    September 7, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. rachel

    another czar

    September 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Fan of Common Sense

    Why does Obama needs so many of these "czars" to do his job for him (32 so far), and how much are they costing us taxpayers? I bet all of them make six figures.

    September 7, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. AstroTurf This

    "Advisor".....another Czar and the Obama people don't think we'll notice. If they rename something it changes it I guess that's their guess. The American people are not that stupid.

    September 7, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Willy Brown

    YUP another Czar that will not be held accountable to no one but Obummer.

    September 7, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. GregM

    Two questions:
    1) Is he a communist, radical, agitating racist
    2) Is he a tax evader

    If he is neither, what is he doing in DC in this administration? He isn't qualified for the job.

    September 7, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. ED

    What? NOT adding the title czar this time? Maybe Obama is finally "getting it" that this term is NOT a good one to use in a democracy - sure hope so! Whoever decided to use that term to begin with is a real idiot!

    September 7, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. The Real Issue

    Americans...The President needs the best minds to counter the last 8 years of economic depressionary policies and that's the Real Issue!!!

    September 7, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. Ted Tartaglia

    Have the Repubs started protesting yet because they were not asked to weigh in on the appointment.

    Judging by the Repub congressmember's remarks over the weekend, they would rail against a newborn baby born to someone other than a Repub. What a bunch of zipper challenged clowns the Repubs have become.

    September 7, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Isn't manufacturing part of the economy? Doesn't the President have an Economic Advisory Council? When President Obama said he was going to create new jobs, did he only mean in his administration?

    September 7, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Jane

    So... what is this czar hiding. One down.. .how many more to go!

    September 7, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Gerry

    Another czar – what crime is he guilty of – another no background check.

    September 7, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Ted Tartaglia

    Maybe President Obama should appoint Sarah Palin as czar for the crazies. Surely the Repubs would be overjoyed and quit complaining about everything!

    September 7, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. No Hillary = No Obama

    Let's hope this appointment doesn't turn out to be a Bloom'in mess.

    September 7, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Name a union guy to advise on manufacturing????? How is U. S. Steel doing after the unions wrecked it? Doesn't the US now import most of it's steel due to the high costs that resulted from oganized labor throwing a tantrum. I guess dear leader wants to make sure that we outsource all of our remaining manufacturing jobs so he can create more democratic voter to stay at home, smoke dope and watch Oprah. What a genius. This is the stupidest man ever elected as president, but he sure can talk pretty (not honestly, but pretty).

    September 7, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Steve (the real one)

    Enough with the end and around attempt to consolidate more power! Congress don't have the guts to put the brakes to the Czardom!

    September 7, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. On the other hand...

    Great to see some attention to this critical part of the American economy. We can not overestimate the impact improvements in American manufacturing businesses can have on the future of our economy.

    September 7, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. SLM

    Another Czar appointed........what a slick way to gain more government control over our lives! Where is Biden, don't they give him anything to do?

    September 7, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. jeff - Texas

    What czar is next, food czar, wheel czar, grass czar, movie czar..........

    September 7, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Why do we need this? Incompetent administration?

    September 7, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    "Manufacturing policy" = bailing out failed automakers and unions with our taxes. Enough with the Car Czar Commissars already!

    September 7, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. ronk in AL

    Bloom did so well nationalizing GM and Chrysler, I pity the poor companies (the few that are left) in the US "manufacturing sector " that he and his boss are now setting their sights on.

    September 7, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Seth

    I pray he changes, and listens to the people of the America. His trying to change things to world european methods do not work here. We are Americans, not Europeans. We dont want czars, and we want a transparency government.

    September 7, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. New Age Democrat

    Another czar? I'm growing increasingly concerned about these positions which do not need to be confirmed in any manner by anyone. So far, Obama's selections have been very troubling and should be cause of great concern. This is not the administration that we voted for.

    September 7, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. steve

    What does it say about the Republican party that their first casualty of their hit list through their proxy in the fox propaganda network is Van Jones , the white house green job adviser who is billed in the creation of green jobs for the economy. By the way he is the first African- American expert in green energy economy.
    The author of The Green collar Economy. He has a duty to perform for this country and he can't be stopped.

    September 7, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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