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Working at the White House is such a drag right now, for all the hip young people, because everything is terrible and there is no Hope, Change, etc. That guy from the White Castle movies has decided (again) that he would rather be on CBS than get paid $41,000 a year to be depressed, because obviously.

Kal Penn is saying goodbye to the White House once again. This time, the actor will give up his gig in the Obama administration for a role on the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.”

Will the White House door keep revolving for Penn? That’s not clear, but he’ll leave this month with his co-workers’ best wishes. White House spokesman Shin Inouye said Thursday, “We deeply appreciate his service and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”


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  • pinkocommi

    As Kumar already has escaped from Guantanamo, the White House cannot hold him.

    • V572 der Plaatz

      That was the stupidest movie ever to have such a great title.

      • Sue4466

        I see your Guantanamo movie and raise you Snakes on a Plane.

        Sam Jackson. Simple idea. Great title. Totally fucked it up.

        • horsedreamer_1

          Don't Be a Menace to South Central Whilst Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, anyone?

          Super-soakers & bunny-slippers FTW.

  • Arken

    I smell a hallucination cameo ratings booster for House!

  • AJWjr.

    See, he never should've killed himself off from House MD.

    • KeepFnThatChicken

      Wrong. Soon after, House humped the shark fucked Cuddy.

    • ingloriousbytch

      Disagree. Kutner was smart to kill himself. It's like he saw what the show was about to turn into.

  • nounverb911

    He's quit more times than Sarah Palin.

    • Crank_Tango

      Brown Libel!

      • father_moray

        Makes a lot of sense…u smoke weed, too?

    • father_moray

      Do you see it…growing on the horizon? It comes for democrats like Kortney just to my right.

  • nounverb911

    Coming soon: Harold and Kumar Go To Wassilla?

    • HistoriCat

      Please – no suggestions of three-ways with any of the Palins.

      • JustPixelz

        Already been done, as portrayed in the documentary "Who's Nailin' Paylin."

        • hagajim

          I thought Letterman was nailin Palin.

      • nmmagyar

        I could handle a porn with Todd & Track

    • DahBoner

      "Harold and Kumar Go To Wassilla?"


      They given up weed and are looking for some crystal meth?

    • mourningnmerica

      The White House DOES look like a big white castle. He was simply escaping.

  • orygoon

    There are people at my house who would get a real lift from being paid $41,000/year to be depressed.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Yeah — millions of Americans are doing it for free.

  • Crank_Tango

    wow, what's next? biden takes that greeter job at walmart he has been thinking about? then again, in wilmington, the greeters face inward, if you know what I mean.

    • arihaya

      nah,,, Biden will either open an Auto detailing shop or be an Amtrak tour guide

      • ChessieNefercat

        Aw, I can picture the Joester being real excited about being an Amtrak tour guide with his engineer's hat and all. And passengers hurtling through the windows, too. I like Joe.

  • the_problem_child

    Hell, I didn't know he was BACK in the White House.

  • smokefilleddoommate

    Does anyone even watch that stupid-ass show?

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      What show is that?

      • smokefilleddoommate


      • GOPCrusher

        Friends II

  • iburl

    And what exactly did Kumar do for the White House as "an associate director in the Office of Public Engagement"? Provide stoner cachet? Was he hired because they needed a south asian and Sanjay Gupta laughed along with the rest of us at his being named Surgeon General? Maybe he was a debt ceiling negotiator?

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Obama got his lulz by sending Kumar to negotiate with House Repukes. (No wonder he was depressed.)

  • Hurricane Ali

    I heard Kumar wanted a leave of absence to film "Wrath of Khan 2: Electric Boogaloo" and Obama was all like, "nah, man, that's too racist against the muslims," and Kumar was all like, "why you always up in my grill, man?" and then he left the room in a huff, saying "I'm taking it to the streets, yo." And that's what happened.

    • fuflans

      ah so good. wish i could give you more 'p's'

      • Hurricane Ali

        Thank you!

    • Andrew Drinker

      You make it sound like he was an understudy for Eric Cantor.

      • Hurricane Ali

        Or Obama, according to Eric Cantor.

  • rambone

    kalpenn . . . shininouye . . .

    WTF is this? A menu at some ethnic restaurant? Well, there better be anus burger in it, whatever it is . . .

  • BarackMyWorld

    At least now he has more time (and money) to go to White Castle.

  • JoshuaNorton

    There's probably a part available on "Two and a Half Men", if this one doesn't pan out.

    • horsedreamer_1

      It will take at least one Kutcher & one Penn* to win as much as Sheen.

      *Jillette, sit you Libertard behind down. & don't even think of it, Badgeley!

  • user-of-owls

    Kal sera, sera;
    whatever Inouye, will Inouye

  • flamingpdog

    “We deeply appreciate his service and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

    I've been in gubmint service for over 31 years now, and I'm pretty sure that that message translated into English is, "Fuck off and die, loser prick."

    • emmelemm

      That was about what I got out of it, too.

  • fuflans

    i have to say, weird hollywood / DC mash up stories elict the best damn wonkette comments.

    • father_moray

      yea, cool, huh?!? What country is this again?

  • gurukalehuru

    Unless they start with the ghosts or time travel cop-outs which, seriously, would not surprise me, he can't go back to House.

    • father_moray

      That makes sense…pothead, yes?

  • Negropolis

    I tell you this, you can buy a shitload of Sliders for $41 thousand smackaroos. Speaking of Sliders, anyone remember the television series Sliders.

    Yes, I'll tell anyone within earshot, this is how my mind works, this is how I roll. It's like a game of Atari Pong up in this cabeza.

    • HistoriCat

      Oh Sliders – what a fun show. For about two and a quarter seasons. And thank YOU David Peckinpah for being a complete hack and destroying the show.

      • bikerlaureate

        Wow, you hung in there twice as long as I did. And the premise had infinite possibilities…!

        I blamed Tracy Tormé for years. Unfairly, it seems.

        • BarryOPotter

          Tracy Tormé? Wasn't he that singer, they one they called the Velvet Fog that had that show about a plane crash on some island, Lord of the Flies, I think, that just confused the hell out of a lot of viewers who stopped watching it and I've run out of stuff for this sentence?

          • bikerlaureate

            Mel actually appeared on Sliders…

        • HistoriCat

          I think Tracy may have some brain damage from banging his head against the wall too much. Between network arbitrary dictates and producers who screwed up his creation, it must have become incredibly frustrating.

  • Come here a minute

    So sick of writing answers to letters telling Obama to grow a spine and tax the fuck out of the rich bastards destroying the country (job creators).

    • father_moray

      Top 1% pays 90% of taxes…those bastards.

  • ThundercatHo

    Hopefully they'll throw him a bottomless goodbye party. Republicans, when they hear, will try to crash it.

  • ThundercatHo

    Thank you, come again.

    (Somebody had to say it)

  • Oblios_Cap

    Say what you will, but that no-talent hack has managed to keep working ever since he started on Nicklelodeon. It's not who you know, it's who you blow. Just ask Callista.

    • horsedreamer_1


    • 4TheTurnstiles

      Gross! Newt put his pee pee in that nice woman's MOUTH!

    • JustPixelz

      I've obviously been blowing the wrong people. Although your explanation does explain how Marcus Bachmann got that government pray-away-he-gay gig.

  • ttommyunger

    Kal who?

    • horsedreamer_1

      -El, Nic Cage's kid?

      • ttommyunger

        Nick Who?

        • flamingpdog

          Nick L. Odeon.

          • ttommyunger

            I deserved that.

  • MinAgain

    He's leaving again? I didn't even know he was back.

  • FlownOver

    You know who else left the White House twice?

    • HistoriCat

      Grover Cleveland?

    • phlox✔

      Mallard Fillmore?

    • father_moray

      They all leaving after elections. Suggest de-grease.

  • sezme

    And now it's off to Bolivia to foment a revolucíon. ¡Suerte, compañero!

  • inapewetrust

    find your bella!

  • father_moray

    Obama's Mom has some really … nude … pix on the web….destined for glory…so does my cat.

    • Crank_Tango

      way to show up late for the trolling, troll.

      • Texan_Bulldog

        What a moran…

        • ChessieNefercat

          Doesn't he have any friends he can hang out with? Never mind.

          He's a) not funny, b) not smart, c) not interesting.

  • sportshort

    Men In Black 3 needs a Tony Shaloub-type character. It's just a rumor, though.

    • mrblifil

      It's hard to conceive of a film that doesn't need a Tony Shaloub-type character.

  • Texan_Bulldog

    Kal is just waiting for Bobby Jindal to do something noteworthy, so he can play him on the big screen. Or does Jack McBrayer have that already locked up?

  • mrblifil

    Recurring on a popular sitcom pays a shitload more than $41K. I call affirmative action hire, plus socializms.

  • kenetoken

    Lady GaGa and the cast of Glee are going to replace him. They appeal to the same ignorant base that voted for Obama.

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