Harold and Kumar Help Obama Promo 2012 Democratic National Convention [Video]

President Barack Obama’s campaign released a new ad Monday urging supporters to follow the Democratic National Convention live online — and features the stars from the stoner comedies as a teaser to tune in.

President Obama gets a little help from Harold and Kumar in a new YouTube video for the Democratic National Convention.

In the 53-second Web spot, the president is seen making a mysterious phone call as dramatic music plays, NY Daily News reports.

The ad, which was uploaded Monday, starts off seriously enough, with Obama picking up the phone in what appears to be the White House, and calling an unidentified person.

“Hey, this is Barack. Listen, I need to know if you’re on board,” he says while sitting at a desk. “‘Cause I’m counting on you. Everybody is. We have to get this right. So there’s a lot at stake here. Just remember that I’m trusting you on this, and I’ll see you then.”

The scene cuts to actor Kal Penn, who’s seen watching TV on a sofa with “Harold & Kumar” co-star John Cho.

As it turns out, Obama was speaking to Penn, who takes the entire conversation in stride. The actors reacts nonchalantly to Obama’s call. “Sweet,” Cho says.

According to Mashable, Penn is slated to host coverage of the event, which will take place in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 6. The actor is a national campaign co-chair for Obama, and previously served as an associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Called Live from Charlotte, the Penn’s programme will include interviews with campaign officials and guests, working party faithfuls at watch parties or anywhere else.

Meanwhile, the list of celebrities at the Democratic National Convention will be significantly shorter than in 2008.

Several celebrities who recently hosted fund-raisers for Obama are also skipping the festivities, including Sarah Jessica Parker, George Clooney and Anne Hathaway. Oprah, who gave Obama her political blessing in 2008, also isn’t expected to be in Charlotte.

The only one of those stars who will be in Charlotte this year is Jessica Alba, who will help to close out the DNC by headlining a party with husband Cash Warren featuring the rapper Pitbull and the band Scissor Sisters.

Former Desperate Housewife star Eva Longoria is the only celebrity to have a DNC speaking slot. Longoria is set to address the delegates Wednesday as part of an all-woman slate.

One of those delegates will be “Kiss the Girls” actress Ashley Judd, who was selected by Democratic officials to represent the state of Tennessee.

At the same time the Foo Fighters, Mary J. Blige, and Earth, Wind and Fire are all expected to entertain the convention crowd. Marc Anthony, Branford Marsalis and Amber Riley of “Glee” are all lined up to take a turn performing the national anthem at the outset of each day’s program.

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