State of the Union Address and Ted Nugent
Rep. Steve Stockman, who recently threatened President Obama with impeachment over his executive orders regarding guns, is allowed to bring one guest to the State of the Union Address. He plans on bringing Ted Nugent who sits on the Board of Directors at the NRA. That would be fine except for the fact that the Secret Service had to pay Mr. Nugent a little visit about a year and a half ago over his mouth flashing at an NRA convention. Mr. Nugent told a crowd that he will “either be dead or in jail by this time next year” if Obama is re-elected.
The Secret Service and probably the Capitol Police should deny admission to Ted Nugent. His comments were taken seriously enough that the Secret Service paid him a visit. He can just sit out the State of the Union Address. There are too many important people all under one roof to allow someone who has shown as little good judgement as Nugent to have access.
Anyone who attends the State of the Union has to go through a fairly rigorous background check. When I went, I had to submit all sorts of information to the Congressmen who took us before hand. He submitted it to either the Capitol Police or the Secret Service. We were also given specific instructions that no political messages were to be on one’s person. That meant shirts, jewelry, purse…anything. Those who didn’t comply got removed.
Several years ago, Cindy Sheehan and a congressman’s wife were both removed. The Congressman’s wife simply wore a shirt entitled Support our Troops. The Congressman and his wife went weekly to Walter Reed to visit the wounded troops. Still she was removed. In other words, The Capital Police aren’t kidding. The Secret Service isn’t kidding. Did I mention this was all during the Bush administration?
Nugent has said he will go to the State of the Union unarmed. (I guess he doesn’t want to be arrested.)
According to the New York Times:
To illustrate his point, he noted that he would not be carrying any weapons as he usually does.
“I will go in at least 20 pounds lighter than I normally walk,” he said. “I will be going in sans the hardware store on my belt. I live a well-armed life, and I’ve got to demilitarize before I go.”
Nugent also reportedly called Barack Obama a “piece of sh!t” when he was campaigning in 2008. ABCnews.go.com reported:
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Nugent launched an even more direct attack at then-candidate Barack Obama, calling him a “piece of s**t.”
“I told him to suck on my machine gun,” Nugent said while brandishing two machine guns on stage at an August 2007 concert, according to Rolling Stone.
The rocker then took aim at Obama’s Democratic primary rival Hillary Clinton, saying to his cheering concert-goers, “Hey Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless b**ch.”
Nugent seems hostile and publically vulgar. He plans of having a press conference after the State of the Union Address. Hopefully it will be away from the gallery and in compliance with Capitol Police rules.
About 20 members of Congress have given away their guest tickets to guests who have been wounded by gun violence. They need to be aware that they have to go by the same rules. Nothing political before, during, or after the State of the Union. It’s just the rule of engagement.
Further reading: Washington Post