Why? Because it seems like Mr. Penn has heard the call of public service. Penn asked to leave the show so that he could assume a role in President Obama's administration. Here's Penn explaining:
I was incredibly honored a couple of months ago to get the opportunity to
go work in the White House. I got to know the President and some of the staff
during the campaign and had expressed interest in working there, so I'm going to
be the associate director in the White House office of public liaison. 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.
So I'm not sure if it was the dirty truth he uncovered about our country's use of torture during Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay or if he was spurred on to do everything he could to legalize weed and prostitution in filming Harold and Kumar Go to Amsterdam. (Here's to hoping he does have success in making this administration take the legalization of grass seriously).
In all seriousness, here's to Kal Penn for putting his money where his mouth is and remembering the activist spirit his grandparents displayed when they marched with Ghandi.
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