Kal Penn takes on Eastwood
Indian-American Hollywood actor Kal Penn, roped in by US President Barack Obama to woo young voters, has appealed to them to register and go out to vote.india Updated: Sep 13, 2012 14:49 IST
Indian-American Hollywood actor Kal Penn, roped in by US President Barack Obama to woo young voters, has appealed to them to register and go out to vote.
In his prime time address, Penn, who served for two years in the White House under Obama Administration, narrated some of his personal experiences to energise the young voters, a task that has been entrusted to him by the Obama campaign.
For someone who has volunteered for Obama since 2007, 35-year-old Penn yesterday said he knocked on the doors of people asking them to vote for Obama.
And he is still volunteering for Obama, he said in his speech that was marked with several rounds of applause and cheers from thousands of democrats.
Penn started the speech in his own characteristic way when he went on to say that he is accepting the nomination to be the president of the US and promptly noting that this was not his speech.
"I am honored to accept your nomination for president of the United States," Penn said as there was laughter and cheers from the audience.
"Wait. This is not my speech. Prompter guy, can we pull up my speech, please? This is awkward," he said.
"So while we're waiting, I guess I should have a message, a special message for those of you at home who recently turned 18. Good news. I can now legally register you to vote," he said.
"Now, I've worked on a lot of fun movies, but my favorite job was having a boss who gave the order to take out bin Laden and who's cool with all of us getting gay married. So thank you, invisible man in the chair for that and for giving my friends access to affordable health insurance and doubling funding for the Pell grants," Penn said amidst another round of laughter and cheer.
Penn was referring to the speech made by Hollywood icon Clent Eastwood at the Republican convention in Tampa, Florida last week during which he mocked having interview with an empty which was presumed to be occupied by an invisible Obama.
Noting that he started volunteering for Obama back in 2007, he said nothing really compares to what he saw behind the scenes at the White House.
"I saw how hard he fights for us," he said.
Penn urged the young Americans to register and go out to vote.
"If we don't register, if we don't vote, it won't be. I volunteered in Iowa in 2007 because, like you I had friends serving in Iraq. I had friends who were looking for jobs. Others who couldn't go to the doctor because they couldn't afford it," he said.
"I felt that had to change. So I knocked on some doors, I registered voters and I'm volunteering again because my friend Matt got a job at a Detroit car company that still exists," he said. "And we can't turn back now," Penn said asking them to join him.
"Let's keep fighting for a president who has never stopped fighting for us. Go online, find your local campaign office, call your friends, call some strangers, volunteer. That's how we're going to win this thing," Penn added.
First Published: Sep 05, 2012 23:47 IST