When President Obama calls, you answer. In a new viral video
, Obama calls Kal Penn
—a renowned actor who has also worked at the White House—and reminds him of his hosting duties at this week’s Democratic National Convention
. (Penn will host a web segment called the “Live From Charlotte.”) In a faux-stern voice, Obama asks Penn to take his role as host seriously; Penn, meanwhile, answers the call while watching cartoons on a couch littered with snacks—a sly nod to his junk-food-eating-stoner persona in the Harold and Kumar films. Penn’s segments, including live coverage and commentary, will address key issues raised at the DNC.
In a bid to make this year's convention the most open and accessible in history, President Obama is counting on Penn's notoriety to draw in young and increasingly web-savvy voters. After taking a break from Hollywood in 2009 to work as the Associate Director at the White House Office of Public Engagement until 2011, Penn has spent a lot of his free time encouraging young people to vote.