Kal Penn: Fight for the president who always fought for us
Actor, producer addresses the DNC
- Duration 5:22
- Date Sep 4, 2012
Actor, producer addresses the DNC
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-- thank you.
Thank you guys.
-- like that thank you very much.
I am honored.
To accept your nomination for president of the United States.
This is the publicity.
-- -- can we pull out my speech police.
This is awkward time.
-- -- or waiting.
I guess I should does have a message of specialist for those beautiful -- who recently turned eighteen.
I can now legally.
Register you took votes.
Now I I've worked on a lot of -- movies.
But my favorite job was having a boss who gave the order to take out bin Laden.
And through school with all of us getting married.
So thank you invisible man in the chair -- for that's.
Friends and access to affordable health insurance and doubling funding for the pell grants.
Now I started volunteering for Barack Obama back in 2000 and -- But nothing really compares to what I -- behind the scenes at the White House when I had the honor to serve for two years as president Obama's liaison to young Americans.
I saw how hard he flights for us and one of the most special days what does -- Saturday in 2012.
The senate had repealed don't ask do so than anyone can serve the country they love regardless of -- -- But the same day the DREAM Act was blocked.
That bill would give immigrant children -- never pledged allegiance to any -- but -- the chance to earn their citizenship.
I was in -- a small office on the second floor of the west wing with about eight other staffers and we had worked our hearts out cared very deeply about what this would mean for other young people.
There wasn't a dry eye in the room tears of joy for the history that was made but also tears of sadness because some American dreams would still be -- And about five minutes later President Obama -- and sleeves rolled out.
And he said to us this is not over.
We're gonna keep fighting I'm gonna keep fighting I need young people to keep fighting.
That's why we're here.
President Obama fought to keep taxes from going up on middle class family.
My Republican friends said sure you can do that.
But one of the things there were willing to trade is a little film called the college tax credit.
Which today is saving students up to 101000 dollars over the course of four years of school.
President Obama paid off his own student loans not too long ago but he remembers look that's like.
And he said that making it easier to go to college and get technical trading is exactly how we grow our economy.
And create jobs -- compete the entire world.
So he stood firm.
And that tuition tax credit is still there.
But here's the thing there's.
A thing if we don't register.
If we don't vote it won't be.
I volunteered in Iowa in 2007 because like you.
I had friends serving in Iraq.
I had friends who were looking for jobs others who couldn't go to the doctor because it couldn't afford it.
I -- that had to change so I knocked on some doors a registered voters and I'm -- hearing again.
Because my friend Matt got a job at a Detroit car company that still exists and Lauren can.
The prescriptions that she needs on volunteering because chose not and it just back from Iraq.
Chris is finishing college on the GI bill and three weeks ago my -- Kevin's boyfriend was able to watch him graduate from Marine Corps training that.
So it looks more like -- And as I wonder which Twitter hash tags you'll start using when I'm done talking -- -- face.
I ask all of you young people to join me you you have to put pants on.
To commit dumb Barack Obama dot com and register right there and you don't want the -- so there you guys can do -- -- okay.
Let's keep fighting for a president who has never stops fighting for us go on -- I find your local campaign also -- what your friends call some strangers volunteer that's how we're gonna win this thing.
I really really enjoy listening to -- speech but he's -- mayor now so he can't use four letter words.
But -- know mayor.
So let's go one for you.
Votes thank you very much.