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Lawmakers flock to pose with 'Duck Dynasty' star

| Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
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U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his wife, Janna, pose for a photo with Willie Robertson before Tuesday's State of the Union address.
Harrison Ford enjoys a Hex Cigar with Joey DiSalvo while stopping in Latrobe to root for the Broncos.

Presidents usually are the stars of their State of the Union addresses — particularly after the speech, when they pose for pictures with and shake the hands of congressional members.

But President Obama appeared to be upstaged on Tuesday by an unlikely character: Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame.

Robertson was invited to attend the address by Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., who won the Robertson family's support in his most recent primary race. The reality-TV star was a hit with Republican congressional members, as Twitter fairly exploded with photos they had taken with him.

Among the GOP lawmakers posing with Robertson were Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas and Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia.

Bet the “Duck Dynasty” star's State of the Union scene-stealing ruffled some feathers at the White House.

FETTERMAN SHORT OF PROPER ATTIRE. Talk about a fashion faux pas.

When Braddock Mayor John Fetterman went to see President Obama speak at U.S. Steel's Irvin Works in West Mifflin on Wednesday, he showed up in his customary shorts.

The near-zero-degree temperatures and frostbite risk didn't seem to bother Fetterman, but his Sunday-softball attire bothered officials at the plant. According to a White House pool report, they persuaded him to don a pair of orange safety pants.

LIGHTS OUT. Still pining for the return of the Celebration of Lights to Hartwood Acres during the Christmas season? Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald has some illuminating advice for you: Move on.

Although the county still gets calls complaining that it no longer is supporting the annual lights display, Fitzgerald recently told the Trib that the county no longer can afford the $1 million cost to stage the event.

Hartwood has been dark around Christmastime since 2011.

SUPER BOWL FEVER. Jackson Hole, Wyo., is slightly more than 500 miles away from Denver, but the latter city's Broncos are the closest thing to a hometown pro football team for movie star Harrison Ford, 71, who has a home in Jackson Hole.

Last month, as the Broncos were fighting to get into the Super Bowl, Ford and some of his staff members were in Westmoreland County, where his personal helicopter is serviced. They dropped by DiSalvo's Station in downtown Latrobe to dine and root for Peyton Manning.

Ford even enjoyed a Hex cigar in Joey D's, the establishment's cigar bar, with owner Joey DiSalvo.

“He was a real gentleman; low-key, nice and gracious,” DiSalvo said.

Ford will be reprising his Han Solo role in the upcoming new movie in the “Star Wars” series, it was recently announced.

— compiled by Trib Total Media staff

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