Nugent rebuts Obama
Ted Nugent may not have brought a gun to the Capitol gallery to listen to President Obama's State of the Union address. And, true to his word, he remained suitably respectful during the president's remarks.
But he saved his ammo for after the speech was over.
Ted Nugent, the rock star and gun-rights advocate, stuck to his promise to remain respectful as U.S. President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address. But after the speech concluded, Mr. Nugent returned to form.
"You just can't get more of a predictable flowery script," Mr. Nugent said as reporters swarmed around. "And every time he is done speaking he either does just the opposite or nothing at all."
Mr. Nugent was among the guests listening from the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he had been invited by Rep. Steve Stockman (R., Texas). Mr. Obama used his speech to call on Congress to hold votes on some key aspects of his gun-control proposal, including expanded background checks of gun buyers.
"My favorite part was when I couldn't hear clearly...I didn't have to get angry," Mr. Nugent said.
Mr. Nugent said that he got a boost from within the U.S. Capitol - including from officers who are assigned to secure the center of U.S. political life.
"A lot of the guys in various law enforcement departments tonight said thanks for saying what we're not allowed to say," Mr. Nugent said. "That's some pretty powerful encouragement - and I'm scary when I'm encouraged that much."
Between television interviews, Mr. Nugent used a sarcastic tone to react to Mr. Obama's speech. "I'm so excited that someone's going to bring about world peace and save the children," Mr. Nugent said. "I'm relieved, how about you? Are you kidding me!! And thank God he's going to stop global warming - I was starting to get concerned."
This is Nugent at his most effective; sarcastic, earthy, and articulate. He made a few more incendiary remarks elsewhere, but by and large, he accomplished what he was invited to do; mix it up with the president at street level.