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)