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Posted at 07:06 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Update: Ted Nugent’s cross-aisle schmoozing at the State of the Union


Ted Nugent, left, and Thomas Lauderdale in the House gallery for President Obama’s State of the Union address. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
You’ve probably been wondering: How did Ted Nugent enjoy the State of the Union?

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the conservative rocker had a grand old time. Don’t overinterpret the body language in those photos of the Motor City Madman sitting up in the gallery next to a bow-tied, bleached-haired hipster, Thomas Lauderdale, a longtime liberal activist from Portland, Ore.

Lauderdale, leader of the Pink Martini orchestra (which plays at the Kennedy Center on Thursday), told BlueOregon.com that the two actually had an amiable chat about hunting and British Invasion rock. “I thought he was a real gentleman,” said the pianist, a guest of Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).


Ted Nugent and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee after the State of the Union on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman)
Another jolly odd-couple moment: Nugent, guest of Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.), embracing Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. Unclear what the connection was, but a Politico video shows Nugent gushing to the Texas Democrat about his love of Motown funk. (“You know what the name of my tour is this year? You’re gonna love this. It’s ‘Ted Nugent 2013 Black Power.’ ” “I love it,” Jackson Lee says dryly.)

So, good times, Ted? In an e-mailed statement, he wrote: “It pains me deeply to report that the ACORN community organizer in chief is still at his masterful scripted deceitful fantasy scam, and even worse, the clueless masses are buying it. Somebody better wake up before he completely eviscerates the entire American Dream.”

Earlier: Ted Nugent will attend State of the Union address, 2/11/13


Ted Nugent and Thomas Lauderdale chatting before the State of the Union. (Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg)


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