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Kal Penn speaks to young voters at Marquette for Obama campaign
The Marquette Tribune ^ | September 18, 2012 | Jennifer Zahn

Posted on 09/18/2012 7:01:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

When Kal Penn visited Marquette Saturday, he wasn’t just stopping by on his way to White Castle.

Best known for his parts in the series “House M.D.” and the “Harold and Kumar” movies, Penn also stars for the White House under another role: associate director of public engagement. He spoke before a crowd of more than 100 in the Alumni Memorial Union.

“I got a phone call in 2008 asking if I could serve in a much bigger way in youth outreach,” Penn said. “I am honored to serve my country. I’m happy to do this. I thought it was a pretty incredible opportunity.”

Penn acts as a liaison to the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities, along with young voters, by speaking at rallies, universities and other public forums to support President Barack Obama’s reelection. Penn rose to the position in 2009 after advocating for Obama in Iowa during his 2007 election campaign and serving on Obama’s National Arts Policy Committee in 2008.

“I had never done anything political before I campaigned for Obama,” Penn said. “I was really impressed by the president and what I saw while working on the campaign in Iowa. There was also a writer strike, so there was no stoner movie to be had that year.”

Since accepting his political occupation, Penn’s acting career has been on hiatus. The actor’s move from Hollywood to Washington, D.C., led to the demise of his “House M.D.” character, Dr. Kutner, who was written out of the series in 2009 due to the actor’s new time commitment. At Marquette, he hardly referenced his acting and focused mostly on issues pertaining to the youth vote, such as the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which gave roughly 159,000 Wisconsin students a $2,100 tax credit on average toward tuition last year.

“I moved to D.C. for two years, and that’s when I got to see what the president was really like behind the scenes,” Penn said. “He is the exact same guy you see in front of the camera: incredibly smart, nice guy, very funny – all of that stuff is true. But in particular, I was really amazed at how much he stood up for young people, and that’s not something that I saw when I would turn on the TV. Whether it’s FOX or CNN or MSNBC or whatever it is, they tend to not cover stories that affect young people at all.”

Penn highlighted a story he heard from a friend on the White House’s economic team about a negotiation between Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner and President Obama as an example.

“Boehner said, ‘If you’re not willing to get rid of this tax credit that you’ve created, then it’s a non-starter – we’re not going to negotiate on anything else.’” Penn said. “So, the president stood up and he goes, ‘OK – well, I guess you guys get to explain to young Americans why you don’t think that they should have a shot at a fair education unless they’re wealthy,’ and he walked out of the room. I thought that was incredibly badass.”

Penn’s visit at Marquette caps his tour of Wisconsin universities, which also included stops at the University of Wisconsin campuses in Milwaukee, Whitewater, Madison, Oshkosh and Stevens Point. In addition to Wisconsin, Penn held student summits in 11 other swing states.

Marquette’s Students for Barack Obama and its Deputy Team Leader Margaret Grace, a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences, had a mere three days to coordinate space in the Alumni Memorial Union and get the word out about Penn’s visit after hearing from a campaign organizer that Penn would stop to speak at Marquette.

“It was a great speech. I got chills – I’m not going to lie,” Grace said. “It’s so nice when there are personal stories, like his friend who had to choose between eyeglasses and textbooks … and all of these things that have been made possible through the president – that he’s able to share that with us is pretty cool.”

Among those attending Penn’s appearance at Marquette was Alec Richard, a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences, who wasn’t there to simply be star struck.

“I didn’t really come here for (Penn),” Richard said. “I believe in Obama and I want to do whatever I can to help him get reelected.”


TOPICS: Education; Politics
KEYWORDS: boycotthollywood; college; cultureofcorruption; culturewar; defundtheleft; dopersrights; homosexualagenda; kalpenn; lavendermafia; marquette; marquetteuniversity; obama; romney; stonervoter; studentloans; wisconsin; youthvote
That's their A-Team? Seriously?
1 posted on 09/18/2012 7:02:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Oh, so many quotes here... so many opportunies.


2 posted on 09/18/2012 7:05:20 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: workerbee

Opportunies == OpportunITies


3 posted on 09/18/2012 7:06:07 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
associate director of public engagement.

According to rumors, that title should not have an L anywhere in it.

4 posted on 09/18/2012 7:06:52 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Too bad any students who would care enough to show up are probably busy doing bong hits in their dorm rooms.


5 posted on 09/18/2012 7:07:08 PM PDT by Cu Roi
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To: workerbee

Dumbest. Indian. Evah


6 posted on 09/18/2012 7:07:16 PM PDT by Ravi
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe someone can explain to this ambulatory hemorrhoid that he is NOT “serving (his) country.”


7 posted on 09/18/2012 7:07:16 PM PDT by LouD
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To: workerbee

White Castle after the bj?


8 posted on 09/18/2012 7:07:22 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: workerbee
Let me start.

“I am honored to serve my country."

A Hollyweird celebrity rubbing elbows with the stinky little people to get them to vote for an America-hating Marxist is "serving" your country now? Wow! Yikes!

9 posted on 09/18/2012 7:08:53 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The United States of America apologizing to knuckledragging, cavedwelling Neandethals. Whodda thunk!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So is this Obama’s liaison to score dope for him and bring it to the White House?

Kal Penn, on the left in the "Bush" shirt.


10 posted on 09/18/2012 7:10:18 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: Cu Roi

“a crowd of more than 100”

100! Wow! One of my band’s gigs would have been considered a complete failure with a “crowd of 100.”


11 posted on 09/18/2012 7:10:31 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: workerbee

I read somewhere this fag was odumbo’s new boytoy who replaced Reggie Love.


12 posted on 09/18/2012 7:11:33 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: workerbee

Kal Penn: “Whoa! Dude I am SOO Stoned right now it looks like this empty suit is talking to me”


13 posted on 09/18/2012 7:12:46 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Cu Roi
“It’s so nice when there are personal stories, like his friend who had to choose between eyeglasses and textbooks … and all of these things that have been made possible through the president – that he’s able to share that with us is pretty cool.”

Like, totally. All because of Our Big Toe. Soooo cool.

14 posted on 09/18/2012 7:12:58 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I remember when Bush called a meeting with a bunch of Hollywood executives. The Hollywood execs showed up, thinking that they were being called to do some really important things, like producing some patriotic films, perhaps.

So they all met, in whichever meeting room Bush had them meet in, and waited.

When Bush entered the room, and thanked them for coming, he made one request of them.

Bush asked them to try and release first run movies in a more timelier manner for the troops. Then he ended the meeting.


15 posted on 09/18/2012 7:15:24 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: max americana
“I moved to D.C. for two years, and that’s when I got to see what the president was really like behind the scenes,” Penn said.

Aw, now you're just talkin'.

16 posted on 09/18/2012 7:20:15 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: workerbee

For a 35 year old man (old enough to be president of the United States) he sure sounds like a high school detention student.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0671980/


17 posted on 09/18/2012 7:20:51 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: Ravi

Pretty funny actor though. His politics stink. Not sure why he would get involved in this stuff when he could be making another movie. I guess he is getting paid some for his work on the campaign but it probably isn’t more than his movies he gets paid to be in.


18 posted on 09/18/2012 7:25:24 PM PDT by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Jonty30

I love that story. Uh, what does it mean?

19 posted on 09/18/2012 7:31:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s an example of how Bush was much better at discerning value than Obama.

Obama has them campaigning for him and doing PSA’s.
Bush had them sending movies in a more timely manner.


20 posted on 09/18/2012 7:36:14 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“It’s so nice when there are personal stories, like his friend who had to choose between eyeglasses and textbooks...”

So did he get the textbooks and wasn’t able to read them, or did he get the glasses and had no textbooks for class?


21 posted on 09/18/2012 7:49:50 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia ("Together we will unite America and get this done" - Paul Ryan - August 11, 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

22 posted on 09/18/2012 7:51:44 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: a fool in paradise

Ref: the top photo. Meanwhile, 40,000 of us were in Korea and several million more were in Europe, at sea and elsewhere facing down the communist enemy, yet this is the guy from our generation that was elected president? Seriously?


23 posted on 09/18/2012 7:51:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: max americana

Bath-House Barry was gonna give this “guy” a job in the administration, until Kal was robbed at some Washington, DC square destination (Dupont Circle? known for gay gatherings after hours) and got his cell phone stolen.

I think the job was rescinded as a result, as they (secret service?)didn’t know who’s numbers might be in his phone. Something might have reflected badly on the pResident, I guess.

(Man’s Country’s-Chicago- phone number?)


24 posted on 09/18/2012 8:03:11 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Team Leader Margaret Grace, a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences Crafts… "and all of these things that have been made possible through the president."

No, there were made possible by the guy who worked for the money and had it taken from him.

25 posted on 09/18/2012 8:22:20 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Penn another queer for the Mahdi.


26 posted on 09/18/2012 8:38:51 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: Mortrey
The way I remember it was that he was going with BHO, so he was killed off on "House", then he left BHO to make a movie, then went back to BHO.

Doing a search, the first page had a link titled "Kal Penn is to Obama what Marilyn Monroe was to Kennedy".

27 posted on 09/18/2012 8:56:46 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: usconservative

Excellent post


28 posted on 09/18/2012 9:02:14 PM PDT by daugs2
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To: a fool in paradise

OMG, it’s the white castle guy..i’m totally going to vote for Obama now!! it’s a good thing that we won’t see either of these losers in the near future.. maybe Obummer will make a cameo in Kal Penn’s next blockbuster movie.


29 posted on 09/18/2012 11:36:36 PM PDT by rainee
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

100. Wow. I’m surprised college kids can count that high.


30 posted on 09/18/2012 11:59:43 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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