You Can't Really Say No: Celebrity Speaker Kal Penn On Working In Politics
During his time as the Associate Director at the White House Office of Public Engagement, Penn focused on the issues many Americans faced every day: fighting in Iraq, worrying about gathering tuition money for college, and the controversial "don't ask, don't tell," bill. Further, he spoke candidly to a generation of young people about the importance of being politically involved—even keynoting a speech at the Democratic National Convention. While he says that he was nervous addressing that large of a crowd (rightfully so), he enjoyed the experience. And, according to the rave reviews he received at the event, the crowd enjoyed it too.
In the interview, Penn displayed his signature brand of humor-meets-intellect. Similar to his keynotes, he discussed serious issues with candor while still keep the audience entertained. Touching on topics ranging from pop culture and the media to government policies and democratic involvement, Penn is a well-rounded and entertaining presence both on the screen and on the stage.