Fox may have rejected a Super Bowl ad depicting a giant border wall for being too political, but national and international affairs show up pretty often on game day.
President Obama gave interviews to air before every Super Bowl that he was in office, for one thing, a tradition being assumed by the incoming President Trump. And five days into the Reagan administration, the 1981 Super Bowl pregame show celebrated the end of the Iran hostage crisis, aided by a huge yellow ribbon wrapped around the Louisiana Superdome.
So of course the ads also reflect current events. Chrysler, Wieden & Kennedy and Clint Eastwood in 2012 addressed the U.S. recession with "Halftime in America," an instant if slightly controversial classic (Karl Rove did not care for it):
And now, it turns out, there is a possibly budding genre of Super Bowl ads starring future presidents.