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Kal Penn Lands in D.C., Begins White House Job

Kal Penn speaks during an inaugural event at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18. (Reuters/Jason Reed)
After months of faux-sightings, bloggery skepticism and anticipatory Twittering, Kal Penn has finally arrived, reports our colleague Monica Hesse.

A White House spokesman said that the actor -- who startled viewers with his abrupt departure from hit series "House" this spring in order to take a White House job -- is this morning beginning his first day as an associate director in the White House's Office of Public Engagement.

Penn, 31, was busy and highly visible campaigner for President Obama last year. He told us in April he's committing to at least a year or two in Washington, during which time he won't accept any acting gigs. In the new job, he'll work primarily with the youth, arts and Asian American communities.

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Posted at 1:16 PM ET on Jul 6, 2009  | Category:  Washington Life
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Is this the guy who slid across an oily naked woman, set himself on fire and leapt out of a window into a fish pond in Van Wilder?
Welcome to Washington, you're overqualified.

Posted by: seemstome | July 6, 2009 9:22 PM

Kal, "congratulations on your new gig...job." Hope you will help to change Washington, and not the other way around.

Posted by: Victoria5 | July 6, 2009 3:41 PM

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