Kal Penn Bails on his White House Job

Kal Penn

I've been disillusioned in my life, and I've wanted to quit what I was doing to go be a famous celebrity, but the disillusion I felt is probably different from that felt by this young man:

Kal Penn’s reps confirm that the actor will leave his post as Barack Obama’s associate director of public engagement to return to his acting career.

First up for the actor: a new “Harold & Kumar” movie, this one with a Christmas theme. New Line Studios has confirmed that the movie, to be directed by newcomer Todd Strauss Schulson, will begin filming in late June with an eye on a holiday 2011 release. (Creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg are moving to Universal to direct “American Pie 4.”)

The studio, now a division of Warner Bros., is still deliberating whether it will be shot in 3-D.

Penn began his White House stint last year, shortly after his character on the television show “House” was abruptly killed off in April, per Penn’s request to join the Obama administration.

Well, that makes sense, I guess. If you want to be taken seriously, what you do is, you leave your job in the White House to go do the third sequel about two goofballs directed by someone replacing the guys who quit to go do American Pie 4.

What happened to Penn at the White House? Was he snubbed? Treated like a common staffer? What happened to make him want to leave after less than a year and after saying he expected to be treated like garbage? Maybe he is being true to his beliefs; that would mean that true believers have no place in the Obama White House, I guess.