James Kyson Lee

My 5 Minutes with the President

Actor James Kyson Lee is known for his role as Ando Masahashi on the hit NBC TV show “Heroes.” Lee has also guest-starred on numerous television shows, including “CSI,” “Las Vegas,” “The West Wing,” “Heist,” “Threat Matrix,” “JAG” and “All About the Andersons.” He has starred in numerous films, including “Asian Stories,” “How to Make Love to a Woman” and “Hard Breakers” and lends his voice to the animated film “Despicable Me.” Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved to New York City at the age of 10.

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?
JAMES KYSON LEE: I’m a big fan of public transportation and green energy — I’d love to talk to him about a nationwide program that implements alternative modes of public transportations, including electric buses, trains and rental bicycles. I also heard he shoots hoops, so I’d challenge him to a quick game of one-on-one.

RB: If you could give President Obama one piece of advice, what would that be?
JKL: Stay in touch with the people, and not let yourself be disconnected by the political bubble that Washington creates.

RB: If you could ask President Obama one question, what would that be?
JKL: What was the most embarrassing moment of your life — and how did you recover from it?

RB: Would you ever consider a political career?
JKL: I’ve been encouraged by some to explore it … I’d love to be part of something that creates a positive impact, but I’m not sure I have the skin for the game that is Washington. I’ll stay with acting and the Creative Coalition for now.

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. www.thecreativecoalition.org