'Duck Dynasty' takes over State of the Union
BATON ROUGE- As one journalist put it, the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night was the collision of pop culture and political life as Louisiana reality star Willie Robertson and his wife attended as guests of lawmakers.
Robertson is part of the Duck Dynasty gang and became controversial after patriarch Phil Robertson made comments about gays and African Americans to a men's magazine. The Robertsons live in Ouachita Parish where there duck call business is based. The show follows them and their business ventures around the Monroe area.
Robertson was the guest of newly-elected Rep. Vance McAllister of Louisiana's 5th Congressional District. His wife was the guest of South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham, who Tweeted "Proud to provide my guest ticket to tonight's SOTU to Korie Robertson."
In the annual speech to the nation, President Barack Obama asked Congress to restore the nation's belief in "opportunity for all." Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers gave the GOP response and said Republicans want to empower Americans, not the government, and that Obama's policies that are making life harder for Americans.
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