Legendary rocker Ted Nugent
, who is an avid supporter of gun rights and antagonist of President Barack Obama
, was in the House Chamber earlier tonight (Tuesday, February 12) when Obama
delivered his State Of The Union address. Nugent
attended the event as a guest of Steve Stockman
, a Republican congressman from Texas who has previously talked of impeaching Obama
over his gun control proposals.
"I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent
joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama
said in a press release. "After the Address, I'm sure Ted
will have plenty to say."
"We know that the President will have the State Of The Union stacked and jammed with props, children and victims of violent crime," Nugent
told the Phoenix radio station KFYI
late Monday. "And my friends wanted me to attend to counter that the way that I do: with facts, statistics and common sense and logic and a celebration of self-evident truths. So I will be taking on the media orgy following the State Of The Union address."Nugent
told The New York Times
he wouldn't be packing heat on Capitol Hill. "I've got to demilitarize before I go" — and while he told KFYI
he wouldn't tone down his language, he said he would "remain respectful to the office of the presidency and the event itself."Nugent
was investigated by the Secret Service in April 2012 after saying that he would be "dead or in jail by this time next year" if Obama
While attending the National Rifle Association
convention last year, Nugent
, who had endorsed Mitt Romney
in the general election, said, among other things, "If you don't know that our government is wiping its ass with the constitution, you're living under a rock. . . I'll tell you this right now: if Barack Obama
becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. . . Our president, and attorney general, our vice president, Hillary Clinton
— they're criminals. We're Americans because we defied the king. . . We are patriots, we are bravehearts. We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?"