BET chairman and CEO Debra Lee was one of the thousands of people at Grant Park in Chicago on Election Night cheering Barack Obama's historic presidential win. Unlike most people there, who sought a glimpse of Obama, Lee was able to exchange pleasantries with the president-elect and future first lady.
“It was amazing … I'm still coming down from the event,” Lee told The Wire. “I had a chance to talk to Barack and Michelle — it was so wonderful to be there that evening.”
A former Capitol Hill lawyer, prior to her more than 20 years at BET, Lee doesn't plan to send a resume to the Obama transition team.
“I like watching from the outside,” she said. “It feels like we're in the thick of things, and to be in Washington and to be a black network in this day is very exciting.”