Kal Penn White House

March 11, 2012 by staff 

Kal Penn White House, Kal Penn, the actor who in 2009 left his role on the TV show “House” to work for the Obama administration, has left his job at the White House and will be returning to Hollywood, ABC News reports.

Penn, whose given name is Kalpen Modi (he went by the latter while working at the White House), served in the Office of Public Engagement as the the Liaison to Young Americans, the Arts, and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

But he is probably better known as Kumar Patel, the White Castle-loving stoner in the “Harold & Kumar” series, a new one of which is scheduled to be released in November. reported earlier this month that Penn would also be joining the cast of “How I Met Your Mother.”

He described his job at the White House to ABC’s Jake Tapper in an interview on Thursday, video of which is available below:

“Our office doesn’t handle policy, but we help kind of bridge the gaps between policies,” he said to Tapper. “So if there’s a group of young folks that are particularly concerned about an issue, and they want to bring in 10 or 12 folks, we’ll put them in a room with some of our policy team and kind of link up that way.”

He told ABC News that it was always his intention to work for the White House for two years. He began working in the Office of Public Engagement in July 2009, according to The Washington Post.

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