Everyone loves a good cameo. A familiar face drops into a show or movie for a minute or two, for no more reason than because they can. They say something funny, they leave, everyone has a good laugh.
For politicians, cameos are perfect — a way to connect with the public outside of the usual campaign. It’s no surprise they take advantage of the opportunity. Indeed, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is due to make one on the season finale of “30 Rock.”
Yes, politicians have made plenty of cameo appearances over the years. Here’s a look at the ten best.
10. Richard Nixon, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”
Richard Nixon’s 4-second appearance on “Laugh-In” was a truly brilliant move for the future unindicted co-conspirator. “Laugh-In” was aimed squarely at the Boomers — a wet kiss to the hippies. To say this was not Nixon’s demographic is an enormous understatement. Nevertheless, Nixon’s spin on the show’s catchphrase – “Sock it to me?” — was not just smart politically, it was objectively funny. Nixon would go on to be one of America’s worst presidents, but at least for a few seconds, he entertained the nation.
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