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Posted at 6:06 PM ET, 11/15/2010

Kal Penn returns to the White House

By Emi Kolawole

Actor Kalpen Modi (also known as Kal Penn) has finished filming the latest "Harold & Kumar" installment and is joining the president's team once again.

ABC News reports that the White House released a statement outlining the actor-gone-staffer-gone-actor-gone-staffer's new role:

The White House is pleased to have Kalpen Modi join the Office of Public Engagement as an Associate Director," White House spokesman Shin Inouye said in a statement on Monday. "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.

Modi, best known for his role as Kumar in the "Harold & Kumar" films, began working for the White House's Office of Public Engagement in July 2009 as a liaison to the Asian American and arts communities. He left the job this summer to return to the silver screen. His return to politics is not from out of the blue. Modi appeared on the campaign trail for Democrats in the closing weeks of the 2010 election cycle.

(h/t ABC)

By Emi Kolawole  | November 15, 2010; 6:06 PM ET
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You know, what they say about Kal Penn?

Posted by: theaz | November 16, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I hope Kal Penn understands that he is being used -- that no one in the WH cares what he thinks, he was invited because of his ethnicity and stardom. Perhaps he is as cynical as they are, but I doubt it.

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Posted by: fsafs07 | November 16, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse

Am I really the first to comment? Let's see... I guess we should look forward to some comments in the vein of:

- "Does the Hussein Obama administration think hiring Hollywood actors will save them?"

- "Why don't these actors just keep their political opinions to themselves and go act?"

- "Makes sense the administration would hire a *professional* clown"

- Something like "He's a D-list actor whose movies suck"

- Some generic comments on liberal Hollywood types with their California values (Or is that dated?)

- And perhaps a comment along the lines of "Why is the Post wasting time stargazing?"

You all know the drill. Get to work, people! (Especially you Professional Angry People who are hired to post unrelated political rants!)

Posted by: xaxton | November 16, 2010 4:51 AM | Report abuse

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