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Nugent at the State of the Union

February 12, 2013 - Jim Anderson
So, anyway, I’m wondering what Ted Nugent is going to wear when he attends the State of the Union address.

He needs to be on his best behavior because, obviously, he’s said some inflammatory things about our president.

When Barack Obama was re-elected, Nugent tweeted:

“Pimps whores & welfare brats & their soulless supporters have a president to destroy America.”

And: “What subhuman varmint believes others must pay for their obesity booze cellphones birthcontrol abortions & lives.”

And: “Goodluk America u just voted for economic & spiritual suicide. Soulless fools.”

In light of that (and so much more) some people say it was disrespectful for Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, to invite Nugent as his guest for tonight’s presidential address.

I suppose it is, but that’s the wonderful thing about America. We don’t hide our ridiculous blowhards in secret closets ... we give them a national platform.

(Sometimes we even elect them.)

“I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama,” Stockman said in a statement Monday.

But back to Nugent’s wardrobe.

Last year, angered by the Supreme Court decision that allowed Obamacare to go forward, Nugent wondered in print if “it would have been best had the South won the Civil War.”

No problem there, however. You won’t see Nugent in a Confederate uniform tonight, and he won't be wearing a Stars & Bars flag pin.

He’s a patriot, remember.

He’d probably love to wear his camouflage cowboy hat. Except you can’t wear a hat to the State of the Union.

So that’s settled, too. He’ll be hatless. Which is no small thing. I went to the photo galleries at and the camouflage hat is pretty much ubiquitous.

Some of the concert photos show him in a feathered headdress. Performance art, I suppose.

I did find one image where Nugent is cleaned up in a black shirt, no tie, black sport coat.

I suspect that’s the look we’ll see tonight.

Maybe some color in the shirt.

And in the post-speech interviews, rest assured, you won't hear invitations from Nugent to Obama (as he did at a 2007 concert) to “suck on my machine gun.”

He’ll be a near model of decorum, a common-sense spokesman for second amendment rights and freedom-loving semi-automatic rifle target shooting.

That’s the wonderful thing about America.

The freedom part.

Sucking on machine guns not so much.



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