Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) brought a little hidden humor to his wardrobe at the State of the Union on Tuesday night, wearing a tie that paid tribute to President Barack Obama and his Santa Claus-esque ways.
The Texas Republican, who brought Fox News’ Sean Hannity as his guest to the State of the Union, spoke to Right Wing Watch and recalled pondering which tie to wear to President Obama’s annual address. The red Christmas tie, which features a Santa Claus pattern, was a bit out-of-season for Gohmert, with Christmas occurring last month. But the congressman figured it was fitting given who would be delivering the speech.
“I thought, ‘well I can’t wear that. That’s Santa Claus.’ But then I realized we’re going to be listening to Santa Claus tonight, promising what everybody wants they can have,” Gohmert said. “The trouble, and this is what breaks my heart, is he’s got the children paying for the gifts to the parents. And that’s not right.”
Gohmert appeared to be making a reference to bloated government spending, specifically in the realm of social security, Medicare and other entitlement programs. The programs introduced by President Obama during his sixth State of the Union, which included immigration reform and an extension of unemployment benefits, are projected to cost taxpayers approximately $40 billion, the National Taxpayers Union Foundation found. The current national debt sits at more than $17 trillion, or $54,401 per person.