Actor Kal Penn joining the Obama administration
Remember Kumar from the classic stoner movies Harold & Kumar? Kumar will be working for President Barack Obama soon. He will be joining the administration as part of Obama’s public liaison. His real name is Kal Penn, by the way.
CNN – The actor will be part of the White House Office of Public Liaison, which is run by Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Penn will be primarily involved in dealing with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and the arts community.
There was “‘something aching in me to do something completely different and take a break from the acting thing for a while'” Penn said he told the executive producers of the TV series “House” when he explained his decision to get involved with politics full-time.
The actor also said his interest in politics has deep roots. “I’ve been thinking about [moving into politics] for a while. I love what I do as an actor. I couldn’t love it more. . . . .probably from the time I was a kid, I really enjoyed that balance between the arts and public service.”
“It’s probably because of the value system my grandparents instilled in me. They marched with Gandhi in the Indian independence movement, and that was always in the back of my head. So the past couple of years I thought about it a little more.”
But Penn also is leaving the door open to returning to acting at some later point. “Who’s to say where any path leads? I still have a passion for it. But for the time being, I won’t be acting,” Penn told EW.com
At the time of his hiring, Kal was working on Fox’s House. After a sudden a mysterious death of his character, he let everyone know that he would be getting this new gig.
Being that he will be working closely with Obama, maybe he can talk some sense into him after Barack spurted this nonsense.
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