Last month, I blogged that since Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Buffy Wicks participated on a conference call with then-National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) communications director Yosi Sergant, seeking to drum up support from artists (many receiving (or hoping to receive) grants from the NEA) for the president’s health care plan, that long-time community activist should follow Sergant’s lead and resign her government position.
Well, it looks like another White House staffer, associate director of public engagement Kalpen Modi (AKA the actor Kal Penn, who played the second title character in the 2004 flick Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) organized and aspired to be in on that very call.
The emails reveal that Modi worked with now-former NEA national communications director Yosif Sargant in planning the August 10 conference call that was first revealed by Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood.com web site. Participants in the conference call were encouraged to use their talents to generate public support for the Obama agenda in Congress.
Since Modi has also been involved in Administration efforts to politicize independent agencies, it’s time for this talented actor to leave Washington and return to Hollywood. Which would be a good thing for both locales.