I'm sure at this point Rick Perry might be trying to distance himself from his old hard rocking friend Ted Nugent. But whether Perry likes it or not he will be forever associated with the controversial (and bad) guitar player. Back in January of 2007 Governor Perry invited Nugent to play at his inaugural ball. Normally a black tie event, Nugent showed up sporting a confederate flag t-shirt... classy. According to people at the ball, during Nugent's performance he used machine guns at props and shouted offensive remarks about non-English speakers. Sounds like a great way to celebrate the beginning of Perry's second full term as governor! Later in 2007 at one of Nugent's shows he held up a (hopefully fake) machine gun and said "Hey Obama you might want to suck on one of these you punk!" Watch the video below from Media Matters:
If you want to read more about all of the ridiculous things Nugent has said Media Matters has a great library of articles.