The Washington Times - February 13, 2013, 02:10PM

The State of the Union address quickly devolved from historic speech into dozens of political vignettes, from Marco Rubio’s on-camera water break to jousting lawmakers seeking a photo-op with President Obama.

And then there was the somewhat extraordinary moment backstage at the U.S. Capitol when rock icon and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent gave Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee a warm hug.


Mr. Nugent is smiling. Mrs. Lee is smiling. Mr. Nugent is attired in suede and a camouflage cowboy hat, the Texas Democrat wears a purple jacket and holds a water bottle.

Is this bipartisanship? Could be.

The musician and the lawmaker talked over their mutual love of Motown and the Lone Star State, according to Rep. Steve Stockman, the bold Texas Republican who brought Mr. Nugent to the address in the first place.

“I’m bringing people together,” Mr. Stockman says.