Kal Penn (Kutner) decided to leave TV show House because he was invited to work at the White House. He was very involved in campaigning for Obama' and at that time Penn actively expressed interest in working with Obama. Penn says that he had been considering a career in politics for awhile and had taken many political science classes throughout his education. He also has enrolled in Stanford's international studies graduate program. He attributes his grandparents (who marched with Ghandi) as his inspiration.
Penn will be associate director in the office of public liaison. It is basically a job about bridging the gap between the president and American people, and enhancing communication between them.