Gabby Giffords Leads Parade of State of Union Guests

Tony Bennett, 102-Year-Old and Ted Nugent Will Attend Speech

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Published February 12, 2013.
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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.

OTHER GUESTS:

-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.


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