Big guns: As guest, ‘Duck Dynasty’ star draws gawkers at State of the Union

The State of the Union might be President Obama‘s night, but on Tuesday night, members of Congress were fawning over another famous guest in the Capitol: Willie Robertson, one of the stars of A&E’s hit “Duck Dynasty.”

The hirsute reality star stood out while seated in the gallery overlooking the House floor, as lawmakers mingled below. He wore a jacket, button-down shirt and no tie, with his hair wrapped in a USA flag bandana — a marked contrast to the buttoned-up sartorial code that prevails.

Some politicians gawked over Robertson, who posed for pictures and signed autographs for members of Congress, including Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan. Robertson was a guest of Rep. Vance McAllister of Louisiana.

Robertson even got what looked like a personalized wave from the president after the speech, after McAllister pointed out his famous guest to the commander-in-chief.

We caught up with Robertson ever so briefly after the speech. His review: “It was good.” And then, the bearded TV star was off, turning to his wife and asking “Where are we going for dinner?”

Last month, A&E suspended the “Duck Dynasty” family patriarch, Phil Robertson over controversial remarks he made in a magazine interview — with many politicians taking sides in the national brouhaha.



Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson, center and his wife Korie, pose with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., before President Obama’s State of the Union address on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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