Kal Penn and John Cho, celebrity surrogates for President Obama’s reelection campaign, visited Boulder, Colo. Friday evening to rally support at an Organizing for America office that opened its doors just hours before their event.
After making stops at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., the “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” stars made remarks on The Hill, a buzzing spot adjacent to the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder.
“There were promises that the president made, and that we made on behalf of him, in ‘07 and ‘08 and now a great number of them, particularly for young people, have been fulfilled,” Penn said. ”It’s actually really refreshing to come back to some of the campuses I had a chance to come to in ‘08 and actually talk about the successes.”
Pulling troops out of Iraq; repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; creating the American Opportunity tax credit and doubling the Pell Grant, both of which benefit college students, are a few of the “successes” that Penn recounted on Friday.
A small crowd asked Penn and Cho questions in the OFA office, including a one about their characters’ marijuana use, to which Penn replied, “Have you seen Silence of the Lambs? Anthony Hopkins doesn’t eat people in real life.”
Neither Penn nor Cho remarked on the marijuana legislation that will appear on the Colorado ballot this year.
It’s a “Colorado-specific issue that I’m not up to speed on, since I live elsewhere and bounce between states,” Penn said in response to a Westword reporter on Thursday at the Auraria Campus in Denver.
The pair high fived their way out of the building and helped volunteers register attendees and passers-by before heading to a nearby sandwich shop.
“To me, it’s a privilege to see and be in a place that is going to swing the vote, and lead people here, because it does come down to just a few people,” Cho said.
“The thing that we want to make sure, and the president is really big on this, no matter who somebody is going to vote for or under which party affiliation they stay, we want to make sure that as many people are registered to vote as possible,” Penn said.
President Obama will visit Colorado State University in Fort Collins on Tuesday.