June 23rd, 2010
02:31 PM ET
13 years ago

Kumar escapes from Washington, D.C.

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/02/art.kalpenn.file.gi.jpg caption=" 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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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. kapechi

    Leaving one circus for another, eh?

    June 23, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. cheech

    Now to light up a big fatty. Where's the White Castle?

    June 23, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Phil

    Thank goodness! I can't wait for the next Harold and Kumar installment...

    June 23, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. seebofubar

    Must be on a quest for White Castle.

    June 23, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Nadeem

    Thanks for the service, but you are a better actor.

    June 23, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. phoenix86

    During his time in DC, he was robbed at gunpoint.

    Now he knows how the rest of America feels with the dems in control.

    June 23, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. chris

    Leaving the white house to make harold & kumar 3? Thanks President Obama for surrounding yourself with competent, committed people...

    June 23, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. HandsOnCorps

    I think the White House is a better gig.

    June 23, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Appointee

    Another brother in law appointee deal huh?

    June 23, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Matt

    What we need is an "Obama and Kumar" movie. It can be about how an incompetent president somehow finds a way to destroy the American way of life by installing counter-productive economic/environmental policies and government overspending–while partying with a former Beatle, spending hundreds of thousand of taxpayer dollars on dates with Michelle and preaching to anyone that will listen. The film would be a hit (with liberals and the French).

    June 23, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. Naqib


    Like mice from a sinking ship... everyone's running

    June 23, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Futon Torpedo

    LOL!! I'm sorry robbed at gunpoint? That's DC for ya!

    June 23, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Obama is weak.

    How about a movie "Kumar The Left-Wing Tool."

    He'll be welcome back with open arms to Hollywood - for doing absolutely NOTHING!

    June 23, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. snow

    Who really gives a rip about some minor league actor leaving DC, to bad he could not convince the larger actor pretending to be President to go with him.

    June 23, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. Joe

    Bailing like rats off a sinking ship.

    June 23, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Ben

    And this is news why? Just another Obama hack getting out while the getting is good.

    June 23, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |