Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Kumar Goes to Washington

And yes, that headline was way too easy for a blog as erudite as this one. Actor Kal Penn was named White House Associate Director of Public Liaison today. For real.

I'm not gonna lie. My first reaction was the same as yours. Namely, what the fuck? And then I looked into Penn's background, which includes double degrees from UCLA and ongoing graduate work in International Studies at Stanford. Now, my reaction is, what the fuck...am I doing with my life?

Should any of my right-leaning friends scoff at the idea of an actor contributing to public office in a meaningful way and decry this as yet another sure sign of the collapse of the Republic, you might cast a gaze backward at that icon of conservatism, the one who gets you all moist in places you don't talk about at cocktail parties. The Gipper did okay for himself, wouldn't you say?

14 comments:

Geoff said...

And Neil Patrick Harris was just named Surgeon General...

rob said...

and got married in vermont.

Geoff said...

Ronald Reagan...just FYI...was the Governor of this little state out west before he made it to the executive branch...and never did this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqRU5f6A2DE

rob said...

that's fantastic. we need more of that in washington. and as i recall, the current republican governor of that same little western state did some shit, too. on and off camera.

Geoff said...

We can play this game all day and both come out losers (which shouldn't surprise anyone). I go Al Franken, you go Gofer from Love Boat and it devolves into a pissing match over who bears responsibility for Jesse Ventura.

rob said...

BreakingNewsAP: Judge rules that Cal. helicopter pilot who let porn actress perform oral sex on him during a 2005 flight cannot have his license back.

presented without comment.

rob said...

indeed, geoff. if more people on both sides were willing to admit that, more shit might get done. the amount of dick-measuring in washington is flabbergasting.

TJ said...

So good to see Kyle Farnsworth starting the year right, serving up a 3 run bomb to Thome this afternoon.
2-1 lead, enter Kyle and can of gas, light match, 4-2 loss.

Steve said...

damn i wish he was still a yankee...

nice start for jacoby today- good sign when your leadoff hitter is the only one in the line up w/ an 0for.

TJ said...

Mark, what do we know about Gamecocks guard Devan Downey? He just declared but going no agent.

TJ said...

Stoopid Red Sox.

TR said...

If you want to get a good laugh at the current president of the state of Cal-ee-for-knee-yuh, rent Pumping Iron. The scene where he's interviewed and compares working out to coming is a perfect score on the Unintentional Comedy Scale. It's roughly something like this:

"When I feel the pump, it is like I am coming. So I come at the gym, I come at home, I come when I pose in front of 5,000 people..."

TR said...

God bless YouTube:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMjG2s6UOaw

Mark said...

Devan Downey is fantastic. Lightning quick, great handle and as good a scorer as you'll see in a little guy. Unfortunately, he's about 5'9" (if that). I think he'll go the the pre-draft camp and then return to South Carolina.