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Obama courts the stoner vote

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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President Barack Obama made an appeal to the marijuana-smoking “stoner” vote with an online ad featuring the stars of the “Harold and Kumar” movie series.

The ad depicts Obama calling actor Kal Penn, sitting next to John Cho, his co-star from the cannabis-centric comedy trilogy. While the ad does not explicitly depict the two as high, they are sitting on a couch, eating junk food, and watching cartoons — a subtle nod to “pothead” stereotypes.

Penn, the former Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, will host the Thursday live stream of the Democratic National Convention on BarackObama.com, according to the ad.

In the video, Obama talks on the phone to an unseen other party. As dramatic music builds, the President says he needs to know if that this person is “on board” — that he’s counting on him because there is “a lot at stake here.”

“I’ll see you then,” Obama states grimly.

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