November 16th, 2010
12:14 PM ET
12 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.

"The White House is pleased to have Kalpen Modi join the Office of Public Engagement as an Associate Director," White House spokesman Shin Inouye told CNN. "While OPE works collectively on conducting outreach to the American public and various organizations, he will be the point person for those in the arts, youth, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities."

An early supporter of President Obama's campaign for the presidency, Penn often appeared on the campaign trail on Obama's behalf. He spoke at the same Democratic National Committee rally the president headlined in Los Angeles last month.

During his last stint in Washington, Penn was robbed at gunpoint losing his wallet and cell phone. He was not seriously injured.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    He didn't "jump ship" as Republicans tried to claim. LOL

    November 16, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. terry, va

    This fool killed him self on "House, MD". Hope it doesn't spread around at the White House.

    November 16, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. DemoPundit

    Kal Penn's movies can be categorized as dumb and dumber. But I met him in Iowa during the caucuses and Penn himself is anything but dumb. He actually has the chops to become a Democratic version of Schwarzenegger, with the distinction that he can think analytically.

    November 16, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. Peter s

    Mr. President Obama do you ever get? after shellacking you just goes back to your old ways instead of complete change! I care less whom you hire but unless you make dramatic changes embrace yourself for a political tsunami in 2012!!

    November 16, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |