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Kal Penn in the (White) House

According to Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, today is the first day on the job for actor Kal Penn (better known as Kumar in the Harold and Kumar films, Gogol in The Namesake and as a U Penn professor of Asian cinema) at the White House. He's working for Valerie Jarrett in the Office of Public Engagement. Every time I picture him at his new post, I think of the scene in Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay where he has a tete-a-tete with Dubya and I hyperventilate with laughter. If you are the president, with which tasks do you charge Penn? If you are Penn, what's on your agenda? Apart from Helen Gahagan Douglas, George Murphy and Ronald Reagan, any other actors who went to Washington?

Kal Penn in the (White) House

Mr. Penn Goes to Washington
Mr. Penn Goes to Washington

According to Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, today is the first day on the job for actor Kal Penn (better known as Kumar in the Harold and Kumar films, Gogol in The Namesake and as a U Penn professor of Asian cinema) at the White House. He's working for Valerie Jarrett in the Office of Public Engagement. Every time I picture him at his new post, I think of the scene in Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay where he has a tete-a-tete with Dubya and I hyperventilate with laughter. If you are the president, with which tasks do you charge Penn? If you are Penn, what's on your agenda? Apart from Helen Gahagan Douglas, George Murphy and Ronald Reagan, any other actors who went to Washington?

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