Actor, Comedian, Associate Director of Public Liaison

Say what you will about Kal Penn: the guy spent a lot of his personal time campaigning for Barack Obama. He spent 18 hour days as an usher at the Democratic National Convention. And now, he's passed the background check ('when was the last time you toked it up?) to be an associate director in the office of public liaison, reporting to Valerie Jarrett.  

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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