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14 Real-Life Politicians Who Made Appearances on TV Shows

By Nadia Chaudhury | Seriously Random Lists | October 29, 2014 |


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Sam Adams, former mayor of Portland, on Portlandia
Who better to aid the Portlandia mayor than the then-actual mayor of Portland?


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Joe Biden, vice president, on Parks and Recreation
Leslie Knope met her true love and the world stopped spinning.


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Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, on Curb Your Enthusiasm
Bloomberg did A LOT of TV. I was tempted to include the time when he found out who Gossip Girl was, but I’ll go with his Curb Your Enthusiasm appearance, where he defends Michael J. Fox’s honor at a Parkinson’s fundraiser, telling Larry David to get out of New York.


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Bill De Blasio, mayor of New York City, on The Good Wife
Poor Nathan Lane had to deal with De Blasio singing the praises of New York over and over again.


Robert Ehrlich, former governor of Maryland, on The Wire
A former actual-governor should know how to protect a television governor, and Ehrlich wears his state trooper badge proudly when Carcetti comes looking for money.


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Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York, on Seinfeld
It’s only because Giuliani won the mayoral election just two days prior that he got to appear on the show, blaming his high cholesterol on non-fat yogurt thanks to Kramer’s screw-up in the lab.


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Al Gore, former vice president, on 30 Rock
Al Gore is Mother Nature’s superhero.



John Kerry, former Massachusetts senator and current Secretary of State, on Cheers
Poor John Kerry. It turns out not everybody actually knows your name.


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Mark Kirk, Illinois senator; Charles Schumer, New York senator, on The Good Wife
The two senators talked about faith in this week’s episode.


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Ed Koch, former mayor of New York, on Sex and the City
Only in New York could the late Ed Koch walk a fashion runway. Maybe Florida, too.


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John McCain, Arizona senator, on 24
In a “blink and you’ll miss it” moment, Senator McCain got to appear on his favorite show (hmm, I wonder why…) in one of the quarter-screens.


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Michelle Obama, first lady, on Parks and Recreation
High fives are the new fist bumps.


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Emanuel Rahm, mayor of Chicago, on Chicago Fire
Rahm sadly didn’t curse up a storm in his super quick cameo in Chicago Fire’s pilot. Even sadder: why hasn’t he been on The Good Wife?


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Nancy Reagan, former first lady, on Diff’rent Strokes
Saying no to drugs became that much more hilarious when then-first lady Nancy Reagan made a widely-mocked appearance on the show to highlight her anti-drug campaign.


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Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State, on 30 Rock
Of course she’s one of Jack’s ex-girlfriends.


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Kurt Schmoke, former mayor of Baltimore, on The Wire
The city’s first African-American mayor got to play Baltimore’s health commissioner.



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