Blake Gottesman

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Blake Gottesman
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
In office
July 20, 2008 – January 20, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byJoe Hagin
Succeeded byJim Messina
Personal Aide to the President
In office
February 2002 – June 14, 2006
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byDoug Band
Succeeded byJared Weinstein
Personal details
Blake Lanier Gottesman

(1980-03-06) March 6, 1980 (age 39)
Travis County, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationClaremont McKenna College
Harvard University (MBA)

Blake Lanier Gottesman[1][2] (born March 6, 1980) served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff to former U.S. President George W. Bush,[3] becoming, at age 28, the youngest member of the Bush senior staff.[3] He previously served in the Bush administration as personal aide and body man for the president from 2001 until 2006. His work for Bush began during Bush's presidential campaign in 1999.

Early life[edit]

Gottesman was born in Travis County, Texas, the son of Lisa Babette (née Temerlin) and Sanford Lee Gottesman.[4][5] His father is president of The Gottesman Company, a real estate development company based in Austin, Texas, and board member of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.[6][7] His maternal grandfather, Julius Liener Temerlin, was a prominent advertiser who founded the Dallas International Film Festival.[8] He was raised Jewish.[9]

Gottesman was educated at St. Andrews Episcopal School and Stephen F. Austin High School, both in Austin, Texas; during this time he dated Jenna Bush when her father was Governor of Texas. Gottesman attended Claremont McKenna College for one year and dropped out.


Gottesman worked as a junior aide to then-White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card at the beginning of Bush's first presidential term and became Bush's full-time personal aide in February 2002. Gottesman was responsible for managing Bush's day-to-day activities and traveled with him to functions and on overseas trips. In a 2006 Time article on Gottesman, he was said to understand Bush's moods and tendencies better than most of his other advisors, leading many to have discussions with him on issues before presenting them to the President.[10] When compared to fictional presidential aide Charlie Young in television series The West Wing, Gottesman stated, "Our jobs are probably pretty similar."[11]

In his role as a personal aide, Gottesman performed a wide range of duties, from dog-sitting the president's Scottish terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley, to carrying the president's speeches and giving him the two-minute warning before a speech begins. After his stint as an aide he enrolled in Harvard Business School, graduating in 2008.[12] His admission to the school despite not having received an undergraduate degree was criticized by many media commentators.[13]

After the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Gottesman joined Berkshire Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm, as a Senior Associate.[14] Since then, Gottesman has been elevated to Managing Director at Berkshire.[15]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Blake Lanier Gottesman - former federal official - Marquis Who's Who Biography". Archived from the original on January 28, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  2. ^ According to the State of Texas. Texas Birth Index, 1903–1997. At
  3. ^ a b Bush’s personal aide returns at top - Yahoo! News[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Peppard, Alan. "Archives | The Dallas Morning News,". Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  5. ^ Inc. Marquis Who's Who (1989). Who's who in Finance and Industry. Marquis Who's Who. ISBN 9780837903262. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  6. ^ OPIC (2008). Sanford L. Gottesman Archived 2009-01-25 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved April 30, 2008.
  7. ^ "Where Are They Now? Blake Gottesman - Texas on the Potomac". Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  8. ^ Peppard, Alan. "Archives | The Dallas Morning News,". Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  9. ^ "Q & A With Ari Fleischer | Community Briefs | Jewish Journal". Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  10. ^ Allen, Mike (19 June 2006). "Who Knows Bush's Mind Best?". Time.
  11. ^ White House (2005). Blake Gottesman hosts Ask the White House.
  12. ^ Bhayani, Paras D. (22 May 2006). "Bush's Personal Aide To Enroll at Business School". The Harvard Crimson.
  13. ^ (2006). News from the schools. Retrieved June 6, 2006.
  14. ^ Berkshire Partners (2009). Blake Gottesman Archived July 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved September 27, 2009.
  15. ^ Retrieved 9/4/2012.