Obama-ji’s karma is through the roof

Obama celebrated Diwali yesterday, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Although Bush started this White House tradition, Obama is the first prez to attend the actual ceremony, which involved lighting an oil lamp. Guests each received a small box of sweets blessed by the priest. POTUS also signed an executive order that restarted an Advisory Commission and White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders. Maybe this is call for Part II of My Name is Khan? BoL’s big question–where was Kal Penn through all this?

George Washington approves this messageI (Getty Images)

George Washington approves this message! (Getty Images)

I've got the golden ticket! Er, box of sweets... (Getty Images)

What does the sole yellow box hold? (Getty Images)

Here’s a video of the festivities (begins with a Penn Masala a cappella performance; Obama arrives at 5:06, and the Diwali celebration begins at 13:40).

It's marginally related to this post, but too good to pass up, yaar! (TOI Photo/Neelam)

It's marginally related to this post, but too good to pass up, yaar! (TOI Photo/Neelam)

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