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Kal Penn NOT Dead: From White Castle to House to White House

Dude! You scored!

Kal Penn’s character may have offed himself last night on House, but that because in real life he got an offer from a real house– the White House. The actor who played stoner Kumar in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle has accepted the job of associate director in the White House Office of Public Liaison.

In Harold and Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay,  Kumar smokes a joint with a fictionalized George Bush; he also played a terrorist on 24.  Can’t you just hear the wingnuts’ epic freakout?! Dee-lish!

Penn–who campaigned heavily for Obama and was a floor whip during the Democratic convention–told Entertainment Weekly:

I was incredibly honored a couple of months ago to get the opportunity to go work in the White House. I got to know the President and some of the staff during the campaign and had expressed interest in working there, so I’m going to be the associate director in the White House office of public liaison.

And yeah, there’s a drop in pay, but Penn, whose grandparents marched with Ghandi, loves public service and studied international policy at Stanford via online courses while acting. Needless to say he’s looking forward to his ne gig. He explains what the Office of Public Liason actually does:

They do outreach with the American public and with different organizations. They’re basically the front door of the White House. They take out all of the red tape that falls between the general public and the White House. It’s similar to what I was doing on the campaign. 

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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