November 16th, 2010
02:35 PM ET
4 years ago

Political Circus: Welcome back Kumar

Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail, there's always something that gets a laugh. Here are some of the things you might have missed:

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Actor Kal Penn, better known as Kumar from the "Harold & Kumar" movies is back at the White House, ABC News reports. He left this summer to film another H&K movie. The actor, whose real name is Kalpen Modi, began his duties on Monday as the associate director in the Office of Public Engagement. He served in a similar role prior to heading off to the movie set.
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November 16th, 2010
12:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Kumar returns to the White House

Washington (CNN) - Actor turned White House staffer Kal Penn of "Harold and Kumar" fame is returning to Washington for a job at the White House.

Penn, who also goes by his birth name of Kalpen Modi, is returning to the White House Office of Public Engagement as an associate director. He resigned a similar position in June to shoot the third installment of the "Harold and Kumar" series.
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June 23rd, 2010
02:31 PM ET
4 years ago

Kumar escapes from Washington, D.C.

 Kal Penn has left his position with the White House Office of Public Engagement.
Kal Penn has left his position with the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Washington (CNN) - Just in time to escape from the hot and humid Washington summer, actor turned White House staffer Kal Penn has left his position with the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Penn, whose real name is Kalpen Modi, left his post as associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement on June 1 because of prior obligations.

"In order to fulfill a commitment he made prior to the start of his employ here, Mr. Modi resigned his post on June 1," White House spokesman Shin Inouye told CNN. "We deeply appreciate his service and wish him the best in his future endeavors."

According to reports, Penn is scheduled to film another installment of his "Harold and Kumar" movies.

During his time in DC, he was robbed at gunpoint. His wallet and cell phone were stolen, but he was not seriously injured.

Penn was a vocal supporter of then candidate-Obama and often appeared on the campaign trail on Obama's behalf.


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April 20th, 2010
06:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Actor turned White House aide mugged at gunpoint

Actor and Obama administration aide Kal Penn was robbed early Tuesday morning in Washington.
Actor and Obama administration aide Kal Penn was robbed early Tuesday morning in Washington.

(CNN) – White House aide Kal Penn, the once and future actor, was robbed at gunpoint in Washington early Tuesday morning, according to two officials familiar with the matter.

Penn had his wallet and cell phone stolen, but officials stressed that he was not seriously injured in the incident that was initially reported by TMZ.com.

"He's fine," said one of the officials, who added that Penn reported for work at the White House. He works in the Office of Public Liaison and focuses on President Obama's outreach to the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

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April 3rd, 2010
11:57 AM ET
4 years ago

Report: Actor to leave Obama administration

The White House wouldn't confirm a report Friday that actor Kal Penn is leaving the Obama administration.
The White House wouldn't confirm a report Friday that actor Kal Penn is leaving the Obama administration.

Washington (CNN) – The White House isn't confirming a report that actor Kal Penn is leaving the Obama administration.

Entertainment Weekly reported Friday that Penn, best known for his roles in the "Harold and Kumar" films and on the popular medical drama "House, M.D." is leaving the White House.

Penn, whose real name is Kalpen Modi, has spent much of the past year working in the White House Office of Public Liaison, which is run by Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

EW.com reported that the actor is returning to Hollywood to resume his acting career, starting with a Christmas-themed installation of the "Harold and Kumar" series.

Despite the report, the White House press office isn't saying much about Penn's plans.

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April 2nd, 2010
08:07 PM ET
4 years ago

Report: Actor to leave Obama administration

The White House wouldn't confirm a report Friday that actor Kal Penn is leaving the Obama administration.
The White House wouldn't confirm a report Friday that actor Kal Penn is leaving the Obama administration.

Washington (CNN) – The White House isn't confirming a report that actor Kal Penn is leaving the Obama administration.

Entertainment Weekly reported Friday that Penn, best known for his roles in the "Harold and Kumar" films and on the popular medical drama "House, M.D." is leaving the White House.

Penn, whose real name is Kalpen Modi, has spent much of the past year working in the White House Office of Public Liaison, which is run by Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

EW.com reported that the actor is returning to Hollywood to resume his acting career, starting with a Christmas-themed installation of the "Harold and Kumar" series.

Despite the report, the White House press office isn't saying much about Penn's plans.

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