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Obama Makes Urgent Phone Call: ‘I’m Counting on You’

Kal Penn looks unconcerned on the other end of the line

No pressure, it's just President Obama on the phone to say "there's a lot at stake here." Who's he talking to? What's he talking about? Why, it's Kal Penn, and the president is just making sure Penn, the former associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, is ready for his next gig: Hosting coverage of the Democratic National Convention Thursday, the night Obama is set to speak. "I'm counting on you," Obama says. "Everybody is. We have to get this right."

Cut to Penn, who looks unconcerned as he lounges on the couch with Harold and Kumar co-star John Cho, grubbing on pizza and watching cartoons. After all, there's still plenty of time to prepare before the big night.

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