No, this is not a headline from The Daily Show. Its just a testament to the fact that truth is definitely stranger than fiction. In this case, its much cooler. Actor Kal Penn, is best known as the stoner Kumar who was always trying to get laid while searching for White castle burgers in “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle,” and the following, “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,” just got a job working for the Obama Administration as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Liaison.
The films marked his entry into the Stoner movie Hall of Fame. Bongs. Girls, and the Munchies. But you may not know that he was one of the loudest voices on the campaign trail while stumping for President Obama this past year. This UCLA graduate also taught courses at University of Pennsylvania entitled, “Images of Asian Americans in the Media,” and “Contemporary Teen Films.”
Most recently, he had been starring on the Fox show, “House,” as well as starring in the Mira Nair film, “The Namesake.” But he acknowledges his call to do something greater than smoking weed with President Bush, just like he did in “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanomo Bay.”
Penn says, “There’s not a lot of financial reward in these jobs,” he said. “But, obviously, the opportunity to serve in a capacity like this is an incredible honor.”
Hey Kal, looks like you’ll have to put away that bong. For now, at least.