First Lady Michelle Obama To Appear on ‘Parks & Recreation’ Season 6 Finale

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 28th, 2014 at 9:57 am,

Leslie Knope thumbs up First Lady Michelle Obama To Appear on Parks & Recreation Season 6 Finale
The sixth season of NBC’s fan-favorite Parks & Recreation has seen a great deal of upheaval among Pawnee, Indiana’s Parks and Recreation department, what with the recall of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) from the city council, the extended absence of Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt), and the departure of Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) and Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones).

Despite the challenges with the cast and the show’s relatively low ratings, Parks & Rec has a devoted core following, and is apparently beloved by the network itself, at least enough to warrant NBC President Bob Greenblatt’s assertion that the show will have a seventh season.

Parks & Recreation‘s critical success has been noteworthy, and has attracted a number of high-profile guest cameos of a markedly different type than just about any other comedy. True to the sitcom’s look at the inner workings of Pawnee’s political give-and-take, a stream of Washington, D.C. luminaries have made appearances so far: Arizona Senator John McCain, California Senator Barbara Boxer, former Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, and Smilin’ Joe himself, Leslie’s hero and Vice-President of the United States, Joe Biden.

Now, The Wrap reports that the First Lady herself, Michelle Obama, will appear for a special cameo on the season 6 finale, set to air on April 24th.

Joe Biden and Amy Poehler First Lady Michelle Obama To Appear on Parks & Recreation Season 6 Finale

The First Lady evidently filmed her cameo while in Miami to support her “Let’s Move” initiative, where she announced a new partnership with Boys and Girls Club of America, the National Recreation and Park Association and the Partnership for a Healthier America. These associations have all pledged to help provide healthier snacks to school kids, part of the First Lady’s overall commitment to defeating childhood obesity.

Amy Poehler attended the event as well as introduced Mrs. Obama, and it seems the producers have fit the backdrop of the event into the episode, which is titled “Moving Up.” Could this title reference Leslie’s next step in achieving her lofty political ambitions? Her dreams were seemingly thwarted when the City of Pawnee’s neighbor and centuries-long nemesis, the City of Eagleton, was incorporated into Pawnee, which saw that population replace Leslie in the recall election with one of their own (played by Veronica Mars herself, Kristin Bell).

Expect the First Lady’s appearance to be brief, but hopefully pivotal, as the previous political cameos were fleeting and not much more than novelties. A turn by Michelle Obama, on the other hand – who can out-dance Jimmy Fallon and hold her own alongside Will Ferrell – will likely turn out to be a special moment for Leslie Knope.

We’ll have more Parks & Rec, but just how much more beyond a seventh season – and who will remain – is still up in the air. One thing we’ve learned, however, is not to count Leslie out.


Parks and Recreation airs Thursday nights on NBC @8:30pm.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. Amy Poehler has stated in interviews she thinks they will for sure at least have two more full seasons and that she knows where her character is heading. I’m really hoping this continues on. This is one of the best shows on TV and it’s a shame it isn’t getting the recognition it deserves. I’m really hoping we see four or five more seasons as this show has the best core character cast on television.

  2. I expect nothing less from Hollywood Liberals! Esther is back on TV! Hallelujah! Praise The Lord! Fred Sanford!

  3. Of course she is. There is no actual substance with this administration, it’s all pop culture. Is she going to tell us all what we’re allowed to eat again?

  4. I think the First Lady is getting a little too over-exposed. That being said,I don’t agree with this show being a “Hollywood Liberal” program when the best character is a libertarian and has featured John McCain in the past.

    • And Newt Gingrich! And Leslie Knope’s heroes are political women on both sides of the spectrum. I mean, it’s NBC, so the company is pretty liberal, but Parks and Rec does a great job of not taking sides.

      And I agree..Michelle Obama is no celebrity so we should stop treating her like one.

    • @Jthomas – While I don’t agree with her or her husband’s politics, the FLOTUS appearing on TV shows isn’t that unique. In fact, she’s supposed to be the entertainment and education face of the Whitehouse. Nancy Reagan appeared on Different Strokes to talk about the dangers of drugs and there have been plenty more. That being said, she DOES seem to be Hollywood’s new “go to” political guest appearance.


  5. And the Obama propaganda machine just keeps chugging right along.

    • I must say that her heavily scripted and very cringeworthy appearances on Jimmy Fallon, promoting her Let’s Move project, felt very propaganda like. It was actually painful to watch and I felt sorry for Jimmy having to go through that.

      I don’t really have an issue with the Obamas otherwise, but Michelle Obama isn’t doing herself a favor with this appearances. She comes across as even more robotic than Mitt Romney, and that is quite an achievement.

      • *these appearances

      • I have many issues with the Obamas, as they are plunging this country into insurmountable debt and committing abuse of power, with the investigation of reporters and selective auditing by the IRS. They have also demonized the wealthy, making “success” and “work” bad words. All the while, the mainstream media sits idly by, if not complicit in the errant and hypocritical liberalism, and the low-information citizen out there is perfectly content to vote for the party that will allow them to sit on their fat a–es and give them just enough to sustain themselves without much effort. And thus, the Obamas and their ilk are ensured power. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that this country and its culture are perhaps irrevocably lost as a result.