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01/28/2014 08:35 pm ET Updated Jan 29, 2014

And The Award For The First GOP Congressman To Call Obama A 'Socialistic Dictator' Goes To...

With around 50 minutes until President Barack Obama was scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address, freshman Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) took to Twitter to let everyone know that he was getting impatient, while simultaneously becoming the first GOP congressman on Tuesday to call the president a "socialistic dictator":

A spokesperson for Weber's office later confirmed that "it is our tweet."

It was a classic troll move and perhaps a rather obvious cry for attention. As the National Journal reported last year, Weber, the Texan who replaced retiring GOP Rep. Ron Paul in 2012, fancies himself the next "Republican troublemaker, if only someone would pay attention."

Weber may have been the first Republican member of Congress to attack Obama as a "dictator" on Tuesday, but it's possible he won't be the last. In 2010, Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) tweeted his response to the president's State of the Union address, saying that Obama believed in "socialism," not the Constitution.

This post has been updated with comment from Weber's office.

Luke Johnson contributed reporting.

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