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Michelle Obama to guest star on ‘Parks and Recreation’

Biden on “Parks and Rec.” (David Giesbrecht/NBC)

“Parks and Recreation” really loves Washington, and the feeling appears to be mutual: A little more than a year after Vice President Joe Biden guest starred on the NBC comedy, the network announced Michelle Obama will make a cameo on the show’s season finale.

NBC didn’t release any details about her appearance, other than Obama’s episode will air on Thursday, April 24. The first lady’s spot was filmed in late February in Miami, when she “celebrated investments in healthier out-of-school programs as part of her ‘Let’s Move’ initiative dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity.”

The possibilities for the first lady’s cameo are intriguing, given how much some characters (ahem, Ron Swanson) despise healthy eating. Usually, people from the political world aren’t asked to do too much on the show besides be a foil to Amy Poehler’s excitable Leslie Knope, who dreams of being the first female president of the United States.

Biden made a memorable appearance in his episode. (Leslie’s dream man has the brains of George Clooney and the body of Joe Biden.)

In an episode earlier that season, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) also got to show off his comedic chops when the show came to film some scenes in D.C. (He found Leslie sulking in a coat closet — she never even got to turn around and see that it was him.) Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) also appeared in that episode.

Unfortunately, Leslie never got to meet Newt Gingrich — he just happen to run into the other characters at a bachelor party.

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.



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