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Barbara Boxer cameos on ‘Parks and Recreation’

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer cameoed on Tuesday’s episode of the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation.”
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer cameoed on Tuesday’s episode of the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation.” Courtesy of NBC

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer may be headed for the exit next year, but in the world of NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation,” she’s still going strong come 2017.

The California Democrat cameoed on Tuesday’s episode of the show, now set in the not-too-distant future, where she met with Amy Poehler’s vivacious Leslie Knope to discuss funding for the national parks.

Invited to attend a historical lamp posts of D.C. walking tour, Boxer rebuffs with that classic excuse: “I do have an appointment with the President.”

It’s not Boxer’s first Hollywood role. She appeared on “Parks and Recreation” before in 2012, and has played herself on “Murphy Brown,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” as well as in the Oscar-winning film Traffic.

“I like to do them because it’s such an important industry to California,” Boxer said in a statement.

The “Parks and Recreation” shoot took place last September, before Boxer’s retirement announcement set off a land grab for her seat. She said, “It was fun to improvise with Amy, we didn’t stick to the script!”

The episode also snags face time with Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and John McCain, R-Ariz., though Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, deserve special kudos for enthusiastically promoting their fictional Polynesian folk music band Across the Isle.

You can watch the scenes below, starting around 6:15 in the video.

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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