KAL PENN GOES FROM TV’S “HOUSE” TO THE WHITE HOUSE…

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |

 

SPOILER ALERT: The following story contains spoilers regarding the show "House." If you’d rather not know what happens, stop reading now…

Aside from starring in TV’s House, I don’t know too much about him, but he got Obama’s attention for some reason.  Some things I found out about him:  Kal Penn who plays Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the hit show, "House:  MD" is a long time Obama supporter and attended his inaugural celebration where he gave Obama his résumé, who then called him a couple of weeks later.  He’s of Indian descent and first launched his acting career as a stoner student in the "Harold and Kumar" movies and also starred in Mira Nair’s "The Namesake", among other movies and TV series.  He’s joining the White House as a liaison between the administration and Asian constituents.  Born Kalpen Suresh Modi to Indian immigrant parents from Gujarat, the 31-year-old actor will join the White House staff as an associate director in the Office of Public Liaison to connect Obama with the Asian and Pacific Islander communities, as well as arts groups.

I have a few questions regarding this story:  In an economy where thousands of companies are forced to cut positions, Obama is adding positions to his administration.  Is our government exempt from cutting corners like the rest of the country has to?  Not only is he overspending, he’s over employing which is contributing to an even bigger government, and that contributes to a payroll overload.  This is definitely a made up job.  What the heck is an associate director of public liaison?  I had to find out…From an interview he did recently, Penn says, “They do outreach with the American public and with different organizations.  They’re basically the front door of the White House. They take out all of the red tape that falls between the general public and the White House.  It’s similar to what I was doing on the campaign.”  Big deal!  Now you’re going to have an influx of people from other ethnicities wanting to join the Obama regime as well.  When will this insanity stop?  Obama is nothing more than a Democratic puppet, and now it seems that he wants his own puppets in the White House, people who are pledging their devotion to him.  Sounds eerily similar to someone else who recruited devotees to his regime to suit his own agenda.  His ego is getting bigger than his budget.  I’m slightly skeptical of what’s been going on with this administration.  You’re probably thinking I’m reading too much into this, but when it comes to Obama, I don’t trust him and I don’t believe a word he says.  The media and the Democrats are still protecting him for some reason.  If this were anyone else, they’d be all over him like a bear to a honey pot, but they won’t be able to cover him forever.  Slowly but surely, everyone will see what he’s really up to.

How is this stimulating our economy?  Why would this actor leave a cushy job making good money when so-called "associate directors" at the White House earn somewhere in the $60,000-$70,000 range per year, and he only wants to be there for a year or two.  Penn didn’t want to disclose how much he makes on the House set, but actors at his level make around $50,000 per episode or a little more.  Although the producers of House say they’re "thrilled" for him when they found out he was leaving to work for Obama, they had his character, Dr. Lawrence Kutner, unexpectedly commit suicide.  Maybe now he’s committing career suicide…

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Kal Penn, left, with Peter Jacobson on "House," is joining the Obama White House.

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — When Dr. Lawrence Kutner killed himself on the latest episode of "House: MD," it was the beginning of a new career for actor Kal Penn.

The demise of Penn’s character cleared the way for the actor to move on to another "House," the White House.

Penn, 31, will be an associate director for the Obama administration’s Office of Public Liaison.

"It seemed like something I would enjoy doing," Penn said. "I figured it was something to do."

He’s not retiring from acting, just pursuing a longtime desire for public service that was rekindled when he campaigned for Barack Obama’s election, Penn said.

Penn played a teen terrorist on Fox’s "24" before joining the network’s "House" two years ago. He’s also known as Kumar Patel in the "Harold & Kumar" movie series.

The White House job likely ends his Kumar roles, he said. In fact, he will not consider any acting jobs until he leaves the Obama administration, he said.

Penn will take a big pay cut to work for the government, but he has committed to at least one or two years in the job, he said.

His focus will be as a liaison for the arts community and the Asian-American community, he said. He filled a similar role in the Obama presidential campaign, he said.

"We want to make sure that everyone’s concerns are heard and they are familiar with the president’s plans and proposals," he said.

Penn said he spoke briefly with Obama after the election about "trying to find the right fit" for him in the administration.

He said he has bittersweet emotions as he leaves Hollywood to search for an apartment in Washington next week.

The writers’ decision to have Dr. Kutner commit suicide ensures Penn will not return to the show, although he said he leaves on good terms.

He felt "more than a little bit of shock and loss" to learn that his character would die in his final episode.

Even though he spoke no lines in the episode — and only his legs are seen when his body is found — he was on the set for the filming, he said.

 

 

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