President Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance at the Golden Globes on Sunday to introduce a clip of Steven Spielberg's film "Lincoln."

"A tough fight to push a bill through a bitterly divided House of Representatives," he said. "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 struggle to abolish slavery reminds us that enduring progress is forged in a cauldron of both principle and compromise," Clinton continued. "This brilliant film shows us both how he did it and gives us hope that we can do it again."

Reacting to the president's appearance at the awards show, host Amy Poehler remarked: "That was Hillary Clinton's husband! That was exciting."

Although "Lincoln" was up for the Globes' top awards, it only took one. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis won "Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama" for his portrayal of the Civil War-era president. The film is also nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including "Best Director," "Best Picture" and "Best Actor."

This video was aired by ABC News on Sunday, January 13, 2013.

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