Baker: Obama should trust his instincts


Actor Leslie David Baker, best known for his portrayal of Stanley Hudson in “The Office,” holds a B.S. in psychology from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Science in human services administration from Spertus College of Judaica in Chicago. Baker taught special education, grades K-8, while working on his master’s degree. 

Before going Hollywood, Baker worked in Chicago city administration posts, including the Department of Health, the city’s AIDS program and policies, the Office of Cable and Communications, and on the Board of Education. He also served as a consultant for the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

ROBIN BRONK: If you had five minutes with the president, what would you ask him?

LESLIE DAVID BAKER: I would ask the president: In what way can the media, specifically via news reporting and program development, help reshape how the U.S. presents itself globally? 

RB: What question would you ask President Obama?

LDB: What do you plan to do after completing your second term in office? Will you continue public service?

RB: What advice would you give the POTUS?

LDB: My advice to the president is to continue to trust his gut ... as it appears to have served him well thus far; and to realize that he has a lot of people in his corner!

RB: Where would you advise President Obama to go for a little R&R?

LDB: Since one of my favorite places is home, I would send the president to his home with no television, phone, or computer with just two comfortable, reclining arm chairs, so he could sit quietly with his wife for one entire day and just “be!”

RB: Got any music to recommend to the commander in chief?

LDB: I’d recommend some 1963 vintage Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderly ... and a hot bath. That music is really soothing! Just what you need after dealing with the House and the Senate. But I realize that not enough music and bath water can be generated or brewed to remedy that contretemps! 

RB: You have a history of public service work. Will you ever consider a political career?

LDB: I can absolutely say that I would never, ever consider a political career. At this point in my life, I would be totally unwilling to take on that type of stress, strain and scrutiny. Having worked in both city and federal government before coming to Hollywood, I realize what an arduous task that is. Working in the entertainment industry has proven — at times — to be exhausting enough! But, I will gladly support a capable and willing candidate for public office. And I will continue to use my administrative experience for good causes.

Bronk is CEO of The Creative Coalition — the leading national, nonprofit, nonpartisan public advocacy organization of the entertainment industry. Bronk is a frequent speaker on the role of the entertainment industry in public advocacy campaigns and represents The Creative Coalition and its legislative agenda before members of Congress and the White House. She produced the feature film “Poliwood,” airing on Showtime, and edited the recently published book Art & Soul. Bronk pens this weekly column with assistance from Risa Kotek.