Obama's American Indian adviser has no plans for running for office

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Washington, July 7 (ANI): US President Barack Obama's American Indian adviser on public engagement and comedian, Kal 'Penn' Modi, has said that he has no plans for taking on a full time career in politics any time soon.

The New York Daily News quoted Penn, who is the associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, a gig he landed after working his way up through Obama's campaign operation, as saying: "I have no plans to run for office anytime soon", before rushing off to his first big White House meeting.

Actor Penn, 32, also said that his was just a stage name, and that he was best known for his comedic role in the "Harold and Kumar" movies and Fox's TV show "House."

Modi will serve as an Obama liaison to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as well as the arts community.

Modi has said that he will use his experiences as the son of Indian immigrants, his education and what he gleaned from teaching a public policy class last year as a visiting lecturer in the Asian Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania in his new job at the White House.

Modi is taking a hiatus from acting, even though there are plans in the works for a third "Harold and Kumar" movie, which the film's producers would like to see completed by late 2010. (ANI)

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