MELTING POT: Asleep on the job

Oct 09, 2009 | 10:45 AM |

Larry Summers, chairman of the National Economic Council and one of President Obama's top economic advisers, reportedly dozed off during an important meeting with leading auto parts executives in Mayor Dave Bing's office in Detroit in August. Summers, Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton and a former controversial president of Harvard University, apparently has developed quite a reputation for nodding off at important meetings, according to a lengthy profile in a major national magazine. The Detroit session was chaired by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Not to worry, though. Summers bounced back quickly and started addressing key points as if he hadn't missed a thing. Which he probably hadn't. And Melting Pot must admit we nodded off at least twice in reading about three-quarters of Ryan Lizza's 16-page opus in the New Yorker profiling Summers....

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