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Obama taps Kal Penn of 'Harold & Kumar' for convention. Is that wise? (+video)

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(Read caption) Obama dials up 'Harold and Kumar' to light up support for livestreaming coverage of the Democratic National Convention.
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As the Democratic National Convention opens President Obama has a new online ad out that features John Cho and Kal Penn, the actors who’ve portrayed the stoner characters Harold and Kumar in a series of popular films.

What, you’ve never seen “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas”?

Anyway, the spot opens with a serious president making what seems to be a serious phone call. “Hey this is Barack,” Mr. Obama says after the unseen party on the other end picks up. “Listen, I need to know if you’re on board.”

Dramatic music begins to swell in the background. “I’m counting on you. Everybody is,” Obama continues. “We have to get this right there’s a lot at stake here. Just remember that I’m trusting you on this, and I’ll see you there.”

Swipe cut to Harold and Kumar’s litter-strewn living room, where they’re watching cartoons on TV. Kumar, quite, uh, out of it, slowly hangs up the phone.

“Who was that? It sounded intense,” says Harold.

“The president,” says Kumar.

“Sweet,” says Harold, with all the emotional intensity of a zombie.

Then something on the TV screen goes “boing,” the actors laugh at the cartoon, and the ad cuts away to a promotion of the campaign’s live stream of DNC events, which Kal Penn is going to host.

OK, is this really a good idea? Two guys whose most popular roles involve large amounts of illegal drug usage, hooked up with the Obama campaign?

If nothing else it provides an opening for Republicans to raise anew the issue of the president’s own admitted youthful pot usage. And they have. Conservatives say it highlight’s Obama’s “Choom Gang” past, in which he and his friends in Hawaii would drive up into the hills and smoke pot in their cars, according to biographer David Maraniss.


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