Tuesday: President Obama’s Last State of the Union
On Tuesday night at 9 PM ET, Members of Congress will join cabinet members, ambassadors, Supreme Court justices and honored guests for President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address.
South Carolina governor Nikki Haley will deliver GOP response, fueling talk that she is the establishment choice for the VP slot on an eventual GOP ticket. Author, Wayne Allyn Root will deliver the Tea Party response.
Think nothing ever comes of what gets discussed in the SOTU? Think again.
Washington watchers look to the First Lady’s guest list for clues about the major themes of the speech, and this year is no different. Guests will include:
- A Vacant Seat for the Victims of Gun Violence
- Sue Ellen Allen (Scottsdale, AZ), Criminal Justice Reform advocate
- Gloria Balenski (Schaumburg, IL), Letter Writer on economic recession
- Jennifer Bragdon (Austin, TX), Community College Student
- Edith Childs (Greenwood, SC), Greenwood County Councilmember who started the “Fired up!” “Ready to go!” chant
- Cynthia “Cindy” K. Dias (Las Vegas, NV), Veteran, Veterans Homelessness Advocate
- Mark Davis (Washington, D.C.), Small Business Owner
- Cary Dixon (Huntington, WV), Mother, Opioid Reform Advocate
- Lydia Doza (Klamath Falls, OR // Anchorage, AK), College Student, STEM Advocate
- Refaai Hamo (Troy, MI), Syrian Refugee
- Lisa Jaster (Houston, TX), Major, U.S. Army Reserve, Ranger School Graduate
- Mayor Mark Luttrell (Shelby County, TN), Shelby County Mayor
- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (Hartford, CT), Connecticut Governor
- Braeden Mannering (Bear, DE), 12-year-old student, founder of Brae’s Brown Bags
- Satya Nadella (Bellevue, WA), Microsoft CEO
- Jim Obergefell (Cincinnati, OH), plaintiff in marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges
- Chief Kathleen O’Toole (Seattle, WA), Police Chief, Community Policing
- Ryan Reyes (San Bernardino, CA), partner of victim of San Bernardino shooting
- Ronna Rice (Greeley, CO), Small Business Owner
- Cedric Rowland (Chicago, IL), ACA lead navigator for Near North Health Service Corporation
- Naveed Shah (Springfield, VA), U.S. Army Veteran
- Earl Smith (Austin, TX), Veteran
- Spencer Stone (Sacramento, CA), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force who prevented act of terrorism on Paris train
- Oscar Vazquez (Fort Worth, TX), Veteran, DREAMer,
Watch President Obama’s invitation to the SOTU:
President Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address on January 12, 2016 at 9PM ET.
Watch as he reflects on the road we’ve traveled in the last seven years.