Walker says he knew song he quoted was about nuclear war

Posted at 1:12 PM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 15:21:16-05

Gov. Scott Walker says he knew a 1980s rock song he quoted to make a point about Wisconsin's economy was about nuclear war.

Walker on Thursday quoted the Timbuk3 song "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" while speaking at an economic development summit. Walker even briefly donned a pair of dark sunglasses to make his point.

He quoted the 1986 song's lyrics at both the beginning and end of his speech, and again when speaking with reporters afterward. When asked if he knew the song was about a pending nuclear war, Walker says "that's why I didn't quote the whole song. Having been from the 1980s, I actually know the words."

The band Timbuk3 was formed in Wisconsin.


Gov. Scott Walker is quoting a one-hit wonder from the 1980s and sporting a pair of dark sunglasses to make a point about Wisconsin's economy.

Walker began a speech Thursday at an economic development summit by quoting lyrics from the 1986 hit song by the band Timbuk3 "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades."

Walker wore the sunglasses just long enough to make his point that he sees signs that the state's economy will continue to grow in 2017.

Walker was in high school in the 1980s and has frequently expressed his affection for rock bands popular during that time, including the BoDeans. Walker even sang a BoDeans song at the inaugural ball in 2015.

Both the BoDeans and Timbuk3 were formed in Wisconsin.