Former U.S. President Bill Clinton received a standing ovation after making a surprise appearance at the 2013 Golden Globes Sunday night.
The brief segment, in which he introduced the film “Lincoln,” was apparently a closely-guarded secret.
Clinton walked onto the stage to loud applause, beginning:
“A tough fight, to push a bill through a bitterly divided House of Representatives. Winning it required the president to make a lot of unsavory deals that had nothing to do with the big issue. I wouldn’t know anything about that…
“President Lincoln’s struggle to abolish slavery reminds us that enduring progress is forged in a cauldron of both principle and compromise. This brilliant film shows us how he did it, and gives us hope that we can do it again.”
Twitchy captured a few reactions on Twitter:
Host Amy Poehler returned after a trailer for the film played.
“Wow, what an exciting special guest!” she said in a giddy voice. “That was Hillary Clinton’s husband! Oh my G0d, that was exciting.”
Co-host Tina Fey soon ran out to breathlessly add: “That was Bill Clinton! That was Bill Rodham Clinton!”
MRC-TV has video of the surprise guest: