Popular Indian-based Hollywood actor Kal Penn has recently been announced as the Associate Director in the White House office of public liaison. He will be the direct link between President Obama and the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities. You might remember Penn as the guy in the popular Mira Nayar movie ‘Namesake‘.

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“I had been thinking about moving into politics for a while. It’s probably because of the value system my grandparents instilled in me. They marched with Gandhiji in the Indian Independence movement, and that was always in the back of my mind,” Penn, a strict vegetarian, told an online portal.

Kal has been an active Barack Obama supporter during his election campaign and was one of the persons responsible for amassing huge college students’ support for Obama. He has enjoyed a lot of popularity amongst American college students because of his roles in movies like Van Wilder and Harold & Kumar series.

Most recently, he had been portraying the role of Dr. Kutner in the popular Fox series ‘House’. The fans were shocked to see the character committing suicide on the show and then they learned about his decision to take a break from acting to get actively involved in politics.

Apparently, Kal was also an active Bush-hater. His movies often seemed to poke fun at the former president and his policies.

The Harold & Kumar movies were strange bookends to the second Bush term, making a direct connection between Bush’s America and the plight of the two main characters.

In the first film, Kumar is seen wearing a t-shirt that reads “I Like Bush The Pu*sy Not The President.”

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