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The “Harold and Kumar” star details his transition from 2008 Obama campaign organizer and “House” actor to Washington in his new memoir released Tuesday titled “You Can’t Be Serious.”
“I didn’t want people to perceive me as someone who was taking advantage of my modest artistic fame to get a serious job in the administration by making endless rounds of phone calls,” Penn wrote of his opinion after Obama’s victory in the White House. . “If they were going to hire me, I wanted it to be on merits.”
Instead, Penn said, he turned to his computer.
“I decided the right thing to do was what I assumed most of the thousands of people who worked on the campaign were doing: I followed the instructions on how to apply for a job on change.gov. I filled out a form attached to my resume and hit Upload.”
After not receiving a call for two months, Penn wrote: “I was disheartened to learn that I was not qualified for an incoming management job, but I still felt very fortunate for the creative career that I was passionate about.”
Until the 44-year-old artist’s manager brought up the artist’s online request to the future first lady when Penn was backstage at Obama’s inaugural concert.
After an embarrassed Penn confirmed his job attempt on change.gov, Michelle Obama responded, “’You did what?’ (He was obviously trying to confirm if I was as naive as I seemed) “.
Hearing that I, despite having been with the campaign since before the Iowa caucuses, had uploaded my resume anonymously to the website, not bothering to seriously follow up, the future first lady almost seemed. .. offended, “Penn recalled.
“As someone of exceptional intelligence and honesty, Mrs. Obama has a low threshold for nonsense. Her expression changed. She was no longer puzzled or pleasantly surprised, she gave me the look she would give someone if they dropped a piece of pizza on the ground. . and then you picked it up and ate it in front of you, “he wrote.
Penn said the president-elect got his own response when his wife called him to tell him about the change.gov saga: “Unlike his wife, he seemed like a lot of fun. ‘Man, you applied on change.gov and you didn’t tell anyone ? Why did not you call me? ‘”
Penn landed in his new role outside of Hollywood, as the White House associate director for public engagement, after a phone call with one of Obama’s aides and an interview with an adviser. Valerie jarrettValerie June Jarrett Regardless of what he did, Cuomo did not obstruct justice by ranting at Obama White House Larry David, late-night talk hosts removed from Obama’s birthday guest list Obama’s presidential center may set modern record for length of the delay MORE.
“When the interview ended, I needed to resolve any nervousness I had about the reasons for my employment once and for all. ‘Valerie,’ I started, ‘can you make sure I’m not being hired just because I’m an employee? Recognizable actor?'”
Penn said Jarrett looked him in the eye before saying, “‘I can assure you,’ he smiled politely, ‘he’s being hired despite that.’
Penn’s personal life also made headlines this week: He revealed in the book that he is engaged to his partner of 11 years, Josh. The couple met while Penn was working in Washington.