EXCLUSIVE: He showed up a couple of times on Parks And Recreation, and today Vice President Joe Biden gave his support to Amy Poehler’s former Saturday Night Live co-star and Golden Globes co-host Tina Fey. Just now, the Hollywood-friendly Veep dropped into a screening for Fey’s upcoming Whiskey Tango Foxtrot at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington D.C., sources tell me. (Well, dropped into the lobby of the Memorial’s Burke Theatre as much as one can when you’re a heartbeat away from the presidency and surrounded by Secret Service 24/7.)
Not on any official schedule, Biden’s appearance at the screening of the Paramount-distributed film was kept secret in the nation’s often-porous capital. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is fourth in line for the presidency under the Constitution, is also at the event, as is Jill Biden.
Hosted by Biden’s old buddy and current MPAA chief Chris Dodd and Viacom EVP Global Government Affairs Dede Lea, the invite-only screening has SNL boss and the film’s producer Lorne Michaels and screenwriter Robert Carlock on hand too.
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The comedy based on Kim Barker’s memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days In Afghanistan And Pakistan also stars Margot Robbie and Martin Freeman. After a string of exclusive screenings like today and on Sunday night in New York hosted by Diane Sawyer and Ann Curry, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot opens wide March 4.
While not bringing Bidenjam back to L.A. anytime soon, the VP will be in California later this week to address the state’s Democratic Convention in San Jose. Biden came under political fire Tuesday when it emerged that back in 1992, then-Sen. Biden had advocated not filling vacant Supreme Court seats during a presidential election year. That is the same stance the GOP leadership has taken this year on lame-duck President Barack Obama naming a replacement for the recently deceased Justice Antonin Scalia.
With today’s screening, the Dodd has flexed some high-profile friend muscle in the past week. On February 16, Dodd participated in an L.A. meeting between the studio heads and Secretary Kerry about how to counter the narrative of ISIS. Previously visiting the Berlin Film Festival, the ex-senator flew over from Europe with his old pal Kerry the day before.