Marianne Williamson

My 5 Minutes with the President

Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher. She has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and Charlie Rose. She has also appeared as herself in a multitude of documentaries. Among her 10 published books, four of them were #1 New York Times Bestsellers. Marianne’s latest book, called A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever was published in November 2010. Marianne is also the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area as well as the The Department of Peace Campaign, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation to establish a U. S. Department of Peace.

altRobin 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?
Marianne Williamson: I wouldn't say anything. I'd listen.

RB: If you could give President Obama one piece of advice, what would that be?
MW: I'd have to hear from him, in order to get a sense of what he needs.

RB: If you could ask President Obama one question, what would that be?
MW: What exactly happened, to make you change the narrative so much once you got into office -- going from a campaign that spoke so powerfully to the deepest yearnings of the American heart, to such a same old same old political conversation?

RB: Would you ever consider a political career?
MW: The Latin root of the word "politics" means "of the people." Politics is about something bigger than electoral politics; in that sense, I feel like I'm already involved.

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