While Democrats were busy staking out POTUS-accessible aisle seats hours ahead of Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, Republican lawmakers had plenty of time to mix and mingle with those on hand for the political spectacle.
Who did GOP solons overwhelmingly seek out and exuberantly squeal about meeting all over social media?
“Duck Dynasty” scion Willie Robertson, ‘natch.
With my special guest @williebosshog and his wife @bosshogswife before the #SOTU pic.twitter.com/0EYYSV0XAT — Vance McAllister (@RepMcAllister) January 29, 2014
The reality TV personality attended the annual address as a guest of Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., the freshman lawmaker Robertson helped get elected to Congress last fall.
But McAllister was far from the only pol that piled into photographs with the star-spangled-bandana wearing, untucked-shirt-sporting outdoorsman. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., got into the act by inviting Robertson’s wife, Korie, to pal around for the night:
Proud to provide my guest ticket to tonight’s SOTU to Korie Robertson. #DuckDynasty @bosshogswife pic.twitter.com/UKSGePeHry — Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) January 28, 2014
Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., who was mistakenly swept up into a non-existent tug-of-war over the A&E entertainer, didn’t miss his chance to share a bit of the spotlight:
Sen. Inhofe meeting @williebosshog of #DuckDynasty last night before the #SOTU. http://t.co/zm3RzOnE1T — Inhofe Press Office (@InhofePress) January 29, 2014
And then there was everybody else.
Team Pelican State Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La.:
Willie Robertson wanted his photo with me last night! Ha - Who am I kidding, it was the other way around! http://t.co/UMzbU6UrW2 — Bill Cassidy (@BillCassidy) January 29, 2014
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.:
Great to see @williebosshog in D.C. before the #SOTU. pic.twitter.com/PfVEqG8MOj — Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 28, 2014
Sen. David Vitter, R-La.:
My kids are impressed I get to see one person tonight, and it's not President Obama or Speaker Boehner. #SOTU pic.twitter.com/HfRNfjeIX3 — David Vitter (@DavidVitter) January 28, 2014
Team Lone Star State Rep. Joe L. Barton, R-Texas:
Typical guest & his wife before #SOTU! #DuckDynasty @bosshogswife @BigBoss @williebosshog #txcot #txgop #dfw pic.twitter.com/h8gYMEJ2qY — Joe Barton (@RepJoeBarton) January 29, 2014
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas:
Great time at dinner with @SenTedCruz @newtgingrich @bosshogswife @williebosshog @marklevinshow pic.twitter.com/sWghXpFpsv — Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) January 29, 2014
Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas:
I stand with Duck Dynasty! Chatted with Willie Robertson today. @williebosshog pic.twitter.com/XiD6RdI3NH — Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) January 28, 2014
Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn.:
Look who my guest, Garry, and I ran into last night at #SOTU- @williebosshog from @DuckDynastyAE! pic.twitter.com/wrtzSqg7F7 — Diane Black (@RepDianeBlack) January 29, 2014
Rep. Bob W. Goodlatte, R-Va.:
Enjoyed meeting Willie and Korie Robertson before the #SOTU last night! pic.twitter.com/2J8LGewP8O — Bob Goodlatte (@RepGoodlatte) January 29, 2014
Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga.:
Warming up for #SOTU with @williebosshog @bosshogswife from @DuckDynastyAE pic.twitter.com/WwGOPb1Lfd — Tom Graves (@RepTomGraves) January 29, 2014
Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky.:
With Willie Robertson @williebosshog from @DuckDynastyAE before the State of the Union #SOTU pic.twitter.com/A7KN47s4CV — Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) January 28, 2014
Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-N.C.:
You never know who you will meet at the #SOTU. Last night, it was @williebosshog from Duck Dynasty #NC10 pic.twitter.com/YmvWr4c5qo — Patrick McHenry (@PatrickMcHenry) January 29, 2014
Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss.:
Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala.:
Check out who came to the State of the Union - @williebosshog & @bosshogswife. Such nice people! #DuckDynasty pic.twitter.com/hQvh1W8q5e — Rep. Martha Roby (@RepMarthaRoby) January 29, 2014
Midwesterners Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb.:
Telling @williebosshog it's too bad Si didn't make the trip to Washington. #DuckDynasty pic.twitter.com/LXjB7tz97k — Jeff Fortenberry (@JeffFortenberry) January 29, 2014
Reps. Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., and Jackie Walorski, R-Ind.:
Waiting for SOTU to begin & look who @RepWalorski & I ran into– @williebosshog. I think he’d fit right in in MI's10th pic.twitter.com/4luBFitlbP — Candice Miller (@CandiceMiller) January 29, 2014
Alumni Former Speaker Newt Gingrich:
@newtgingrich and I enjoyed visiting with @williebosshog and @bosshogwife tonight after SOTU. pic.twitter.com/592ymQZ4m7 — Callista Gingrich (@CallyGingrich) January 29, 2014
Sorry, Phil . But it looks like Willie’s king of this Hill.