Witness a man in love with the sound of his own voice. Watching Ted Nugent being interviewed by Luke Russert is sort of like watching a train wreck. You don’t really want to but can’t seem to tear yourself away.
According to Ted, President Obama’s speech was “predictable, flowery feel-good, save the children, end world hunger insanity.” I never knew that advocating saving children and ending world hunger was insane, but that’s just me. He babbled on about how he saw the president either do nothing or do the opposite and then, in an abrupt segue into a bout of self-aggrandizement, stated that he has been a law enforcement agent since 1982 and has conducted “federal raids with the heroes of law enforcement.” That piqued my interest, so I went looking. Nowhere did I find that Ted Nugent is associated with law enforcement—except in his fevered imagination. The only references of Ted being in law enforcement come from Ted. In one interview several years ago, where he used the same phrasing as he did in the Russert interview, he nearly foamed at the mouth while delivering a message to Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton.
The president hasn’t exactly been idle. He’s just been out there talking about stuff Ted doesn’t like. He has been doing his utmost to get the American people to stand up and tell their elected representatives that We The People, and that includes the vast majority of gun owners, are sick and tired of being held hostage by a small but vocal minority. And the president’s exhortation for Congress to have a vote on gun laws is a reasonable one. After all, if a majority of people in the country want something to be done, our lawmakers should address the issue and vote on it. That’s the way democracy works. Or is supposed to work.
But people like Ted aren’t interested in the will of the people. They are only interested in feathering their own nests and Ted makes a lot of money catering to his small but rabid coterie of followers. People like Ted love to go on TV and get attention.
And what is more attention getting than being interviewed on national television, grabbing your interviewer’s face and calling him a lying bastard and a lying son of a bitch for asking about Ted’s statement that liberals should be shot like coyotes? Ted denies ever saying that and it’s true, those were not his exact words, but the intent of what he did say was perfectly clear.
He then devolved into one of his favorite things: talking about feces, which seems to be a recurring theme in Ted’s life. According to Ted, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) has “shit for brains.” Why? Because according to Ted, the Congressman, who is paralyzed from the neck down as a result of being accidentally shot in the neck when he was 16, said that Ted doesn’t care about the victims of violent crime. But that’s a lie. What the Congressman actually said was that it was “…an odd choice for a member of Congress to invite someone who threatened the life of the President…” So who’s the liar here?
My personal favorite part of the Russert interview was when Luke asked Ted about why he didn’t stand up to acknowledge the women in the armed forces returning home from Afghanistan and Ted offered this: “Both of my legs are shattered. I can’t get up and down because of the pain. I’m actually foregoing…a double knee replacement surgery today to be here tonight. If you actually think that anybody on planet Earth respects or reveres the heroes of the military more than I do, you have shit for brains.”
Wow, really? He was standing there, jerking all around, all hyped up for his big interview, but couldn’t get up to pay tribute to our women warriors? You know, I’ve got a bad knee. I’m looking at knee replacement surgery too. Yes, it does hurt. But I can still stand up for what I believe in—literally and not just figuratively. I looked up a few articles about how he was prancing around onstage with all that pain but he couldn’t stand up for women veterans and then he delivers his parting shot and tells Luke Russert he has shit for brains. This from a man who dresses up like G.I. Joe but was too much of a coward to actually serve his country.