Kal Penn, the actor-turned-political activist, gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention last night. Penn, who is best known for his role in the ‘Harold and Kumar’ films but left Hollywood in 2007 to serve as Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, was showered with applause and laughter. Penn’s DNC speech poked fun at Clint Eastwood, praised Obama’s achievements, and urged young citizens to get out and vote. Take a look at Kal Penn’s speech at the DNC in the video below.
Kal Penn Democratic National Convention Speech [VIDEO]
Penn kept his speech light yet engaging from the start. “I am honored to accept your nomination for President of the United States!” he began as the crowd roared. “Wait. This is not my speech. Uh…prompter guy, can we pull up my speech, please? This is awkward…”
It wasn’t long before Penn took a jab at Clint Eastwood’s rather bizarre approach in his RNC speech. “I’ve worked on a lot of fun movies, but my favorite job was having a boss who gave the order to take out [Osama] bin Laden and is cool with us getting gay married,” he said. “So thank you, invisible man in the chair, for that.”
Reviving his former role as Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, Penn urged youth involvement. “I ask all of you young people to join me. You don’t even have to put pants on. Go to commit.barackobama.com and register right there. And you know what, the oldies out there, you can do it too.”
Penn defended and praised President Obama’s first-term accomplishments, focusing particularly on issues of interest to younger voters such as his repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” his support of same sex marriage, and his backing of college tuition tax credits.
Penn is undoubtedly best known for his role as raunchy, pot-smoking Kumar in the stoner-beloved ‘Harold and Kumar’ movies, but one issue he did not address was Obama’s stance on marijuana.