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“I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama,” Stockman wrote in a statement. “After the address I’m sure Ted will have plenty to say.”
APPLE CEO TIM COOK
Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook will attend the speech as a guest of the first lady, who last year also showcased technology leaders. In 2012, she invited the widow of Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs, as well as Mike Krieger of Instagram, now part of Facebook Inc.
NASA’S MOHAWK GUY
Bobak Ferdowsi, the spike-haired NASA flight engineer who gained notoriety last summer during the much-vaunted landing of the Mars rover Curiosity, will also sit in the first lady’s box. The flight engineer’s punk-rock hairstyle became an Internet sensation and also helped draw attention to the government agency, especially among youth.
102-YEAR-OLD OBAMA VOTER
Desiline Victor, another guest of the first lady, may be the oldest guest watching the speech in person Tuesday. The 102-year-old Haitian immigrant of Florida waited for three hours to vote early for the president in late October before being told to return later to avoid the crowd. Victor, a naturalized citizen, eventually cast her ballot and has since become the face of voting reform. Activists want the system overhauled after many faced long lines in the November 2012 election.
-American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern, whose organization offered relief after Hurricane Sandy and other recent disasters, is a guest of House Speaker John Boehner.
-Boehner, an Ohio Republican, also invited Ted Kremer, a 30-year-old with Down syndrome and bat boy with the Cincinnati Reds baseball team whose story became popular after local media reports.
-Avondale, Arizona Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, another Michelle Obama guest, became the city’s first Latina mayor in 2006 and is also president of the National League of Cities.
-Amanda McMillan of Jackson, Mississippi, who sued a local grocer for allegedly being denied a promotion based on her sex, will attend with the first lady.
-Singer Tony Bennett is a guest of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat.