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Kal Penn Got ‘Schooled' by Barack and ‘Weirded Out' Michelle Obama

Added 08-07-22 12:49:02am EST - “Actor and former White House adviser Kal Penn recalls the moment he spectacularly failed to outsmart the former president and how he was humiliated in front of the first lady.” - Thedailybeast.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thedailybeast.com: “Kal Penn Got ‘Schooled’ by Barack and ‘Weirded Out’ Michelle Obama”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Actor and former White House adviser Kal Penn recalls the moment he spectacularly failed to outsmart the former president and how he was humiliated in front of the first lady.

White Castle star turned White House adviser Kal Penn has recalled how accepting an invitation from his House co-star Olivia Wilde to an event for then-Senator Barack Obama led him to ditch acting for a period and go work for the former president.

The author of the new book You Can’t Be Serious told Molly Jong-Fast and Andy Levy how he tried to outsmart the presidential candidate at the event in 2007 by asking about his biofuels policy after reading a piece on how using corn would drive-up the cost of food prices in developing nations.

“He gave me that smirk and he goes, ‘oh yeah, I read that article in Foreign Affairs too,” Penn said. “If you had read my website carefully you would’ve seen that I’m proposing investing in corn-based ethanol as a bridge to cellulosic ethanol so that we can make fuel from things like our grass clippings and the leaves that we rake in our front yards. And he gives me another smirk and walks off and Olivia is loving every fucking minute of this. She’s like, ‘you just got schooled by Barack Obama.’”

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