Actress would talk to President Obama about importance of small businesses

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Amanda Righetti stars in CBS’s award-winning drama “The Mentalist,” playing the well-liked team rookie Grace Van Pelt, special agent in the fictionalized California Bureau of Investigation. She can be seen in the upcoming film “Deconstruction Red,” and in the hit flicks “Friday the 13th” (2009) and “The Chateau Meroux” (2011). Born and raised outside of Las Vegas, Righetti’s acting career began with “The O.C.,” which led to other television roles in “North Shore,” “Reunion” and “CSI.” She also appeared in the 2005 TV movie “Romy and Michele: In the Beginning.” 

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?

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AMANDA RIGHETTI: The importance of supporting and empowering small businesses to help generate more employment.

RB: If you could ask the president one question, what would that be?

AR: Are you concerned about the employment rate changing as a result of corporations trying to skirt the requirements of ObamaCare by hiring only part-time employees?

RB: What piece of advice would you give President Obama?

AR: “But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” — John Adams

RB: If you were going to send the president to one of your favorite places in the United States for one day, where would that be? Why?

AR: The Carneros Inn in Napa Valley, for the landscape, amazing food and wine.

RB: What CD would you recommend that the president add to his collection? Why?

AR: “New Dress” by Depeche Mode. It’s a good example of how we follow media down the rabbit hole of nonsense.

RB: Would you ever consider a political career?

AR: It’s highly unlikely.

Robin 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.