Actress would ask Obama about early education


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Bridget Moynahan’s combo of starring in both films and television series has established her as one of Hollywood’s favorite leading actresses. Most recently, she appeared opposite Aaron Eckhart in the hit film “Battle: Los Angeles,” and currently stars in the hit CBS drama “Blue Bloods,” which began airing its fourth season this fall. Moynahan has appeared in numerous blockbuster films, including “Coyote Ugly,” “Lord of War,” “I, Robot,” “The Recruit” and “The Sum Of All Fears,” based on Tom Clancy’s bestselling novel. 

Moynahan is actively involved in the charities Jumpstart, a national early education organization that works with children in low-income neighborhoods, and Hole in the Wall Gang, a community dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to children and their families coping with serious illnesses, according to the group’s Facebook page. 

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Born in Binghamton, N.Y., and raised in Longmeadow, Mass., Moynahan currently resides in New York.

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?

Bridget Moynahan: If I could have five minutes with President Obama, I would pick his brain about education in this country. I know it’s an important issue to him and the first lady. I am constantly confused as to why early education is the first to be cut in a budget. How can we keep closing programs and schools and expect our next generation and this country to thrive? I have a hunch: he has pondered this question before. I’d love to be enlightened on the road blocks he has encountered in that area. 

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

BM: I’d love to ask him and the first lady for their tips and advice on parenting. Sasha and Malia seem so well adjusted, grounded and gracious. I think the world could use a bit more of that. 

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

BM: Make the best of this time. 

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?

BM: If I could take the president to one place, I would sneak him into The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. I’d take him fishing, let him kiss a fish and watch him melt into the magic of the camp and kids. He might not want to go back to Washington, though.

RB: What piece of music would you recommend that the president add to his collection? Why?

BM: I’d have to just buy an iPod and make him a mix. I’d leave the Jay- Z and Beyoncé off since I know he has that covered. I’d throw some Ben Howard at him. I bet President Obama does not know him, and he is a special songwriter.

RB: Would you ever consider a political career?

BM: Me? In politics? I think I could fight the good fight but I know I can’t play the game. So, I’ll just hit my mark and say my lines. Wait ... maybe I could be a politician!

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.