By Robin Bronk - 10/19/10 11:06 PM EDT
Jeff Foxworthy is the highest-selling comedy recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee and best-selling author of more than 26 books. Foxworthy currently hosts the show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader?” which airs in syndication, and will join the judging panel this season on the popular ABC business-reality series “Shark Tank.” Prior to that, he executive-produced and starred in “Foxworthy’s Big Night Out.” Foxworthy also starred in and executive-produced the television series “Blue Collar TV,” which he created for the WB network. He was a member of the hugely successful Blue Collar Comedy Tour, and several of his previous books have spent time on the New York Times best-seller list. Foxworthy’s latest work, “Hide!!!” is a children’s book and an engaging tale of the neighborhood gang headed out to enjoy a game of hide-and-seek, and inspires youngsters to turn off the TV and put down their hand-held devices. “Hide!!!” is being released this month.
ROBIN BRONK: If you had five minutes in the Oval Office with President Obama, what would you discuss with him? What issue would you like him to know about?
JEFF FOXWORTHY: I believe America was designed to be a land of opportunity, not guarantees. The idea that the government is supposed to take care of everyone’s every need really scares me. I saw a car the other day and someone had written on the back window in shoe polish, “A government powerful enough to give you everything is also powerful enough to take everything you have.” I am worried about the unchecked debt this country is accumulating and what impact that will have on future generations.
RB: If you could give President Obama one piece of advice, what would that be?
JF: Never go swimming for at least 30 minutes after you eat.
RB: If you could ask President Obama one question, what would that be?
JF: Why hasn’t the economy responded as they said it would, and where is the job growth?
RB: Would you ever consider a political career?
JF: Are you kidding me? No way — I enjoy being liked too much.
Bronk is a seasoned Capitol Hill strategist and advocate. She started her career at The Creative Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group for the arts and entertainment industry, in July 1998. During her tenure as CEO, Bronk has taken The Creative Coalition from a New York-based entity to a national organization.