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Kal Penn joins Obama's staff

July 07, 2009|Associated Press

Actor Kal Penn started his new job Monday as a liaison between the White House and Asian communities.

The Indian American actor, who had a recurring role on Fox's TV show "House" and starred in two "Harold and Kumar" films, is taking a break from Hollywood to work as an associate director in the Office of Public Liaison, with a focus on connecting President Obama with the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities as well as arts groups.

"I expect to be treated just like any other staff member," he told reporters.

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