In a bid to recreate the magic he had with young voters in 2008, President Obama’s campaign has released an ad featuring the stars of the popular “Harold and Kumar” movie series. The two characters are mostly known for smoking a lot of marijuana, which then gets them into all kinds of outrageous high jinx throughout each movie — pun very much intended. There are also many instances of nudity, profanity and other behavior that many people would find offensive.
The ad begins with Obama dialing a number on a phone inside the White House.
“Hey, this is Barack. Listen, I need to know if you’re on board,” Obama begins. “OK, good. ‘Cause I’m counting on you, everybody is. We have to get this right. So there is a lot at stake here. Just remember that I am trusting you on this and I’ll see you there.”
The shot then cuts to actors Kal Penn, sitting next to John Cho, the two stars from the marijuana-centric “Harold and Kumar” comedy series. The pair are sitting on a couch watching what sounds like cartoons and eating junk food, looking as if they may be stoned. If they weren’t supposed to be stoned, the ad certainly played on all the obvious “stoner” stereotypes.
“Dude, who was that? It sounded intense.” Cho (Harold) asks Penn (Kumar).
“The president,” Penn replies calmly.
“Sweet,” his co-star says, stuffing another Cheeto in his mouth before they both start cracking up at the television set.
Penn, former associate director for the White House Office of Public Engagement, is one of Obama’s most loyal Hollywood supporters, and there are quite a few. The video explains that he will host the Thursday live stream of the Democratic National Convention on BarackObama.com. Penn will also address the convention Tuesday night, NBC News reports.
President Obama himself was once a regular user of marijuana during his “Choom Gang” days, according to his own autobiography “Dreams From My Father.”
So, all that being said: Does the Obama campaign go too far with its latest ad? Watch the video and weigh in below: