Hours after Texas Gov. Rick Perry kicked off his second full term in office, Ted Nugent helped him celebrate at a black-tie gala, but not all attendees were pleased by the rock guitarist's performance.Yes, you read that right: even a GOP Texan was appalled. And notice Gov. Goodhair's spokesperson didn't speak to how Nugent was dressed, or what he said; just the music he played. And yes, the Gov. loves him:
Using machine guns as props, Nugent, 58, appeared onstage as the final act of the inaugural ball wearing a cutoff T-shirt emblazoned with the Confederate flag and shouting offensive remarks about non-English speakers, according to people who were in attendance. The Confederate flag was the symbol of the pro-slavery secessionist southern states in the 1861-65 American Civil War.
Perry's spokesman, Robert Black, downplayed the Tuesday-night incident.
"Ted Nugent is a good friend of the governor's. He asked him if he would play at the inaugural. He didn't put any stipulation of what he would play," Black said.
Others said the appearance was inappropriate.
"I think it was a horrible choice," Republican strategist Royal Masset said. "I hope nobody approved it."
"What an honor to have a rock and roll legend perform the "Star Spangled Banner" at one of my events. Ted Nugent is a great patriot, a proud American and a dedicated supporter of the men and women in our armed forces. I am proud to call him my friend." --Governor Rick Perry, TexasIck.