WASHINGTON – Not long before President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address, U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Pearland, had another name for the man at the podium.
“On the floor of house waitin on ‘Kommandant-In-Chef’ ... the Socialist dictator who’s been feeding US a line or is it ‘A-Lying?’” Weber tweeted Tuesday night.
Throughout the night, Weber tweeted three more times about the president’s speech, including:
“SOTU = Sorry Our Time's Up. POTUS = Poor Obama Trashed U.S. We shouldn't be surprised. He promised to 'fundamentally change US' Boy is he?!”
Weber's online remarks follow a history of rambunctious behavior by Texas Republicans at the State of the Union. U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Friendswood, who is currently running against John Cornyn in the U.S. Senate primary, made waves last year when he brought fierce Obama critic and conservative rocker Ted Nugent as his guest; this year Stockman walked out early, after bringing as his guest Chad Henderson, a student who claimed he had enrolled in Obamacare but never finished signing up.
And U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, brought conservative radio host Sean Hannity, an Obama opponent who has suggested he might run for office in Texas.
Weber won a nine-way Republican primary in 2012 to claim former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s district — but his tweets hint at a desire to get out from his predecessor’s shadow.
"I am not Dr. Ron Paul. I am not Dr. Ron Paul, Jr. I am not Dr. Ron Paul Lite," Weber told National Journal last year.
Weber — whose office said he was not available for an interview on Wednesday — is not the first House Republican to call the president a socialist and criticize him for liberal social programs like his health care law. U.S. Rep. Paul Brouna, a Georgia Republican, claims he was the first to align Obama with Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin. But several Texas congressmen have also borrowed the phrase, including Stockman and Gohmert.