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]]> According to Zap2it, Kal Penn – whose character, Dr. Lawrence Kutner, shockingly committed suicide Monday night on "House" — asked to be written out of the hit show so he could go to work for Barack Obama.
In the White House. For a lot less money. For real.
The actor's new title is associate director in the White House office of public liaison.
Penn tells EW that he got to know Obama and some of the staff during the campaign and expressed interest in working in the White House public liaison office.
"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," he explains.
Yes, he's taking a huge pay cut. "There's not a lot of financial reward in these jobs. But, obviously, the opportunity to serve in a capacity like this is an incredible honor."
It's a move he's considered for some time.
He went to a performing arts high school but still took a bunch of those dorky political science classes.
And then there's his heritage. "It's probably because of the value system my grandparents instilled in me. They marched with Gandhi in the Indian independence movement, and that was always in the back of my head. So the past couple of years I thought about it a little more. And in '06 I started this international studies program at Stanford, where they actually let you do most of the course work online. So it was something I could do while I was acting. And I thought this might be the right time to go off and do something else."
Good for you, Kal. Smart move.
Obama's lucky to have landed you, and you will be missed.
Hey, maybe he'll give you some time off for a movie now and then?