Ted Nugent Attends Obama's SOTU

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Feb. 12 2013 9:38 PM

Here's Your Visual Evidence That Ted Nugent Is Indeed at the State of the Union

Musician and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent (C) attends President Obama’s State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

As we explained yesterday, the rocker/guns-rights advocate/Obama critic was invited by Republican Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas. Nugent got himself in some hot water last year when he declared during a campaign stop for then-GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney: "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."

Those comments caught the attention of the Secret Service, but they weren't the first time that Nugent had ranted against Obama. In 2007, he offered this gem: "Obama, he's a piece of shit. I told him to suck on my machine gun."


For his part, Stockman said that his plus-one would serve as a "very articulate spokesman" and provide "balance" to the president's message.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 


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