Hollywood and Washington had another high-profile meeting Sunday as former president Bill Clinton popped up at the Golden Globes.
Clinton introduced a clip from the one of the nominated films, director Steven Spielberg's depiction of another president, Lincoln.
"A tough fight to push a bill through a bitterly divided House of Representatives," Clinton said in describing the Abraham Lincoln movie. "Winning it required the president to make a lot of unsavory deals that had nothing to do with the big issue."
Clinton then deadpanned: "I wouldn't know anything about that."
Clinton also said that Lincoln — which wound up losing the best drama Golden Globe award to Argo — has lessons for today's lawmakers.
"President Lincoln's struggle to abolish slavery reminds us that enduring progress is forged in a cauldron of both principle and compromise," Clinton said. "This brilliant film shows us how he did it and gives us hope that we can do it again."
The Hollywood crowd greeted Clinton enthusiastically, though the 42nd president couldn't escape a little ribbing from Golden Globes co-host Amy Poehler.
"Wow, what an exciting special guest!" Poehler said. "That was Hillary Clinton's husband!"