While not explicitly mentioned by name, Kal Penn (as Kumar) and John Cho (as Harold) reprise their characters from the stoner film franchise, making cameo appearances in the nearly minute-long video. (Their only other presidential interaction was a bonding session with George W. Bush in Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay).
The promo, which was uploaded Monday, starts off seriously enough, with Obama picking up the phone in what appears to be the White House, and calling an unidentified person.
“Hey, this is Barack. Listen, I need to know if you’re on board,” he says while sitting at a desk. “‘Cause I’m counting on you. Everybody is. We have to get this right. So there’s a lot at stake here. Just remember that I’m trusting you on this, and I’ll see you then.”
The camera then pans to a shot of Cho and Penn sitting on a couch, while watching cartoons and eating junk food. As it turns out, Obama was speaking to Penn, who takes the entire conversation in stride. Check out the video above to see what happens.
Viewers can watch the DNC live on BarackObama.com. Penn is slated to host coverage of the event, which will take place in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 6. The actor is a national campaign co-chair for Obama, and previously served as an associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.
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