Not only has U.S. President Barack Obama revealed that he and his family are regular viewers of Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation, but his second in command filmed a top-secret cameo on the show, scheduled to air next week.
According to The New York Times, Vice-President Joe Biden filmed the cameo earlier this year when the show was filming scenes in Washington, D.C., but producers were forced to keep the whole thing hush-hush due to America’s equal-time political rules; had it leaked out that Biden had done a cameo, NBC would have been forced to ensure Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan was also given a similar cameo.
“It was all very byzantine and complicated,” said Parks and Recreation exec producer Mike Schur. “There seem to be all kinds of specific rules, which I never fully understood. But we decided to err on the side of caution.”
Fans of the show will recall that Leslie Knope (Poehler) is a huge Biden fan, and once remarked that her idea of the perfect man had the “brains of George Clooney and the body of Joe Biden.” Biden’s cameo will appear in the November 15 episode.