DUCK DYNASTY STARS STEAL OBAMA’S THUNDER: Politicians Line Up to Take Selfies with Willie and Kori Robertson at SOTU Address

Screenshot 2014-01-29 at 9.36.14 AMFor some Republican politicians the real star of Tuesday evenings State of the Union address was not the president but Willie Robertson – star of the hit A&E reality series Duck Dynasty.

A whole stream of star-struck GOP house members, including one-time vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan, seemed to go out of their way to get Robertson, 41, and his wife Korie to pose for smiling selfies.

Sporting his trademark Stars and Stripes bandana and untucked white shirt, Robertson was in high demand the minute he arrived in the Capitol building – despite cutting an unusual figure on such a prestigious occasion.

As he was seated in the visitor’s gallery of the chamber, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan traveled up from the floor to meet him and get himself an all important selfie with Duck Commander CEO.

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Even veteran Republican Senator John McCain waved up at him from the floor.

Asked how it felt to be one of the big attractions of the evening, Robertson told The Daily Caller: ‘It was awesome.’

‘I don’t know,” he went on. “I think it’s the beard.’

Robertson’s wife Korie, who also appears on the show, was given a guest ticket to the speech by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who tweeted a photo of himself with the couple. Graham, a Republican, is up for re-election this year.

Robertson, 41, is a son of ‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch Phil Robertson, who was temporarily suspended from the hit show by cable television network A&E last month for making anti-gay remarks in a magazine interview. Other quotes in the interview were criticized as racist.

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