In April, first lady Michelle Obama will be meeting perhaps the toughest opponent of her campaign for healthier-eating: Ron Swanson.
Obama will join the bacon-loving libertarian Swanson (played by Nick Offerman) and the rest of the Pawnee gang for the April 24 season finale of the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation,” NBC announced Thursday. According to the NBC release, Obama filmed the episode – titled “Moving Up” -- in Miami this month, where she had brought her “Let’s Move” campaign, which seeks to lower childhood obesity.
“Parks and Recreation” – which stars Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, an optimistic and ambitious local government bureaucrat in a small Indianan town – has featured a number of high-profile Washington figures over the course of its six seasons. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and then-Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, appeared on the premiere of the fifth season in 2012, when Leslie took a trip to Washington. Later in the season, Vice President Joe Biden also popped up in a cameo that Poehler and Biden discussed when they appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” earlier this week.
"[Leslie] is a person with a lot of heroes, among them are many national politicians," Michael Schur, the show's co-creator and executive producer, told U.S. News ahead of McCain, Boxer and Snowe’s cameos.
Viewers will have to wait until April to see if Obama cheats
on her nutrition regimen to join Tom (Aziz Ansari) and Donna (Retta) and treat herself.