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BET CEO offered Obama advisory board position, hasn’t made decision [VIDEO]

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      Nicholas Ballasy

      Nicholas Ballasy is the Senior Video Reporter for The Daily Caller covering Congress and national politics. Ballasy has interviewed a wide range of political leaders and celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Sen. John Kerry, former Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Joan Rivers, Gloria Estefan, Jon Stewart, Dave Matthews, Neil Munro, Stevie Wonder, etc. His work has been featured by CNN, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, The Drudge Report, Washington Post and New York Times, among others.

Black Entertainment Television Chairman and CEO Debra Lee told The Daily Caller that she was asked by The White House to serve on President Barack Obama’s management advisory board, but has not made a decision yet.

“The good news is I’ve been asked to serve again. I haven’t made a decision yet,” Lee told TheDC at Warner Theatre, before the taping of the BET Honors on Saturday.

“I loved what I did. It’s so great to be able to bring my business expertise and help this administration. So whatever the president needs me to do on the second go-around, I’m there.”

In 2011, Lee was one of the 10 business leaders on the board.

According to the official White House web site, the board was “formed to provide the President and agencies advice and recommendations on bringing insight from the private and non-profit sectors to Federal Government management and operations.” The topics addressed by the board, which meets “periodically,” include “customer service, human capital, innovative technology, and procurement.”

The members are “appointed by the president from among distinguished citizens outside the government who have a proven record in leading large, complex, and innovative organizations in the private or non-profit sectors.” The board’s recommendations are submitted “directly” to President Obama for review.

TheDC asked Lee what she thinks Obama and Congress should do to help small business.

“I’d like the debt ceiling issue to be resolved. I’d love Congress and the president to start working together and figure out what’s the best way to keep this economy moving. You know, some great things have been going on,” Lee said.

“The stock market is doing better. Companies are feeling good but they don’t feel good enough to do hiring which is what we really need. So, hopefully we can get through this stalemate and just really figure out what’s best for the American people.”

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