Michelle Obama Appears on “Parks and Recreation” To Push Her Left-Wing, Pro-Exercise Propaganda

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On Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on the season finale of NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation to meet Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler). Obama encourages Knope to take a new job at the National Park Service. Knope—a die-hard liberal—proceeds to freak the hell out over meeting one of her heroes. (She acted similarly when she met Vice President Joe Biden.)

The first lady also chats with Knope about how her “Let’s Move!” program has been integrated into national parks: “Getting kids outside, rock climbing, hiking,” says Obama, who previously got some help from Will Ferrell and Jimmy Fallon in promoting “Let’s Move!” and the importance of exercise. The program was developed to address the issue of childhood obesity, and has endured plenty of mockery and attacks by conservatives who see it as an affront to individual liberty, or whatever.

The Parks and Rec scene is pretty funny (click here to watch the whole episode). Here’s an abridged version of the first lady’s cameo, via Politico (you can watch the full clip here):

Other politicians Parks and Rec has previously booked for cameos include Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Newt Gingrich.

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