Election Day has finally come, and chances are it’s going to be a very long night as votes are tabulated and a new president is decided — if the results are even made official tonight. And it’s not just the president being decided but a number of ballot measures and propositions around the country, as well as senate and congress seats. Waiting for the results of any election to come in can be a very stressful time — and with most major networks knee-deep in coverage, there’s really no escape. Until now, that is.
When your brain is just too full of politics and the election to function, let Pawnee, Indiana be your happy place. We’re coping with the election through the use of “Parks and Recreation,” celebrating the very best Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) moments. Leslie was always good for a laugh and she made the entire political process just a bit easier to deal with.
So when you need a quick break, take a look at the Leslie GIFs below, and believe in the power of Knope. After all, is there anyone you’d trust more during an election cycle than the head of Pawnee’s Parks and Recreation Department? While the prediction “Parks & Rec” made in the series finale that Leslie will become president in 2048, won’t come true — everybody loves her, but she’s fictional — this is the next best thing.
Nothing good comes from crossing Leslie Knope
Though even she can’t handle Ron’s ex-wife Tammy
While Leslie is great at many things, doing the robot is not one of them
She’s a great piggyback ride passenger, though
She understands what everyone has been thinking throughout the election
And she knows how you feel realizing that it’s almost over
One way or another, everyone’s going to need a serious hug after this election
Or a giant soda cup to bury your head in
Regardless, nobody anywhere loves election day as much as Leslie Knope
And she’ll never be okay if you take it away from her
Besides, the election is almost over and that means the holiday season is close
So when you need strength, just channel your favorite glorious female warrior
And don’t forget to eat a snack — maybe a piece of fruit
Or a waffle. Who doesn’t love waffles?
And celebrate a mission accomplished with a high five
And if all else fails, remember we have to do this again in four years