January 26th, 2010
11:50 AM ET
8 years ago

The first lady's guest list for State of the Union


The White House has announced that two police officers who responded to the shooting at Ft. Hood will join the first lady at the president's State of the Union address Wednesday night. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) - Two heroes from last year's shooting at Ft. Hood will be among the guests for Wednesday night's State of the Union address. A White House official confirms that Sgt. Kimberly Munley and Sgt. Mark Todd will be seated with first lady Michelle Obama for the speech in the gallery above the House Floor.

The two officers responded to the November 5 shooting in a processing center at Ft. Hood where Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan went on a rampage killing 13 people and injuring dozens of others. Sgt. Munley, a civilian police offier, is credited with stopping the shooting spree by exchanging fire with the suspect and disabling him. She was injured in the shooting. Hasan was paralyzed from the waist down in the gunfight and now faces 13 charges of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

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  1. Paul from Phoenix

    It is sad that they responded so well, and yet the administration's response to the attack has been so poor. Especially after seeing the Pentagon report refusing to mention any religious motive behind the attack.

    January 26, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Jane/Seattle

    Why not report on the actual extent of the guest list? That's Top Secret! Right? Stop usinng every opportunity to remind folks of the same FEAR, FEAR, FEAR THAT CONTINUOUSLY PERPETUATES WRONG spending like for wars and the Military Industrial Complex. Why does mentioning these guests matter now?

    If I was doing the inviting we'd get Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Krugman, Ravi Batra (real economists), William Greider, Naomi Klein, Naomi Wolf, John Perkins, Thom Hartmann, Jeremy Scahill, Vincent Bugliosi and a bunch more on the Smart guest list. In One night they all could help us FIX America and help this World in a Hurry! But then again this is not what American Government and it's marriage to the Corporate World is about, is it! Thanks for reading. Peace

    January 26, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. File under "Sarcasm"

    Good PR even if the Administration won't admit it had anything to with Islamic terrorism.

    January 26, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    This stuff is always just a lot of propaganda. Bush was bad enough with this, now we see the Dems doing the same.

    Give it a rest. We are sick of propaganda.

    January 26, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Vivian McRae

    Michelle Obama has nothing to do with that, and Sgt Mark Todd is the hero in all this not Munely!, It was mistakenly reported that she brought down the shooter, it was Sgt Mark Todd, give credit where credit is due, another Jessica.

    January 26, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Keith in Austin

    The Fort Hood heros should tell Mickey that they have more important things to do than listen to Barry's flowery rhetoric filled with lies, false promises and half-baked ideas!

    Dealing with obvious Terrorism in Bozo's eyes is less important than what Al Queda and the Taliban thinks of him! This President is a complete pantywaist!

    January 26, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. ken from connecticut

    I have to wonder how many UN-INVITED people will be allowed to sneak in to the State of the Union adderss !?! It seems that the tax payers spend a lot of money to pay for these security agents that look the other way and still get their paychecks. Almost sounds like a conspiracy from with-in the Nobama Administration to make news.

    January 26, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. SocialismBad

    I wish everybody would stop using people like this as props. These people were simply doing their job and what they were trained to do. Many across the country do the same every day. The American people don't need props and propaganda, they need RESULTS.

    Maybe the President could invite the 3 million people that lost their jobs this year while he and the Democrats wsted the year on healthcare changes NOBODY WANTS?!

    January 26, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Greg Pottstown PA

    This is window dressing, nothing more.

    January 26, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Debbie

    I really like the First Lady but lets be honest, she doesn't pick who will sit next to her. This whole issue of who is next to the First Lady began as poltical fodder with Reagan. Since then, it happens every year. Last year the issue was that Mrs. Obama had bare arms! It's all so trival.

    January 26, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. ken from connecticut

    Paul, yes it IS sad. There are 2 things to look at here....
    1) Obama is in love with the nations that spawn terrorism. He's proven that over and over again.
    2) He has ordered the news media to report ONLY what he tells them to report. That is why you won't see the truth coming from the news.
    People don't like Rush or Sean, or the other talk show hosts but believe me, they are the only ones that are telling the truth. And if people don't like what they are saying, turn the radio / tv to another station.

    January 26, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Ann

    what dress will she wear.. the bright professional woman..

    January 26, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Dan

    They should invite also the Dutch guy in the airplane to have the complete set of heroes that "helped minimize damage done by Al Quaida's terror war against the USA" this year. I know this WH does not use this terminology but unfortunately, this is what it is! Having these three heroes with the first lady should, perhaps, make her again proud of her country!!!!

    January 26, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Dealing with obvious Terrorism in Bozo's eyes is less important than what Al Queda and the Taliban thinks of him! This President is a complete pantywaist!

    You do realize that the chances of an American being killed in a terrorist attack is........ one in 80,000! What's the First Lady's guest list have to do with terrorism?

    The GOPers have two strategies: fear mongering & obstruction.

    January 26, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. linda

    And who pays for the travel, hotel, food, etc.?

    US Taxpayers!

    January 26, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Paul from Phoenix, what attack, sir? There was no attack. It was an attempted attack! Good grief.

    January 26, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. ted

    Why are we so hungry for heroes? We slap the word hero on anybody.

    By the way, Sgt Munley should have shot to kill, not wound Hassan. That person does not deserve to live since he killed so many because of his ranting and raving.

    The military screwed up on this guy and people should be fired.

    January 26, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. What a sham!

    Took Obama's cronies months to call Ft. Hood a terrorist attack - just in time for Michelle-His-Belle to have them next to her well-toned arms!

    January 26, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. virginiagal

    Hasn't enough time passed that you all have the correct accounting of this incident. Wasn't it Mark Todd's bullet that stopped Hasan?

    January 26, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Eddie Garcia

    Vivian McRae is correct, it was Todd who brought the SOB down, not Munley. You would think the writer would know this and went ahead and gave credit to Munley anyway, factually incorrect and misleading!

    January 26, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Sheena

    Do they really think the people are so stupid to believe all the crap they spew now, we seen a year of what they are proposing to do to us, and all the fancy talk now wont change it. We want democracy nothing less and we dont want lies and talk trying to sway us from their mistakes and what they planned for OUR COUNTRY, all your talk in the world wont change what you and all your cohorts in the WH planned for the US. The only reason you are talking differently now is because of who was voted in in Mass and who will be voted in in Nov. You all blew it, realize it, no dressing propaganda or lies will help now..... FACE IT

    January 26, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  22. Maggie in Canada

    It never ceases to amaze me how an awful lot of Americans make something memorable into hate and disdain. I am very happy that I don't have to live my life hating like you do, it's very distructive to the hater. Stop it and live life sensibly. Mark and Kimberley may just be proud that they are being honored and don't look at it as you do. Maybe you are jealous.

    January 26, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Obamas – all show all the time.

    January 26, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Steph

    I knew the right wing nutcases could find a way to comment negatively about this story...and I was right. The hate in your heart isn't good for you, and it's not good for this country.

    January 26, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Peggy - TX

    I think it is a good thing to promote real American Heros who bravely responded to this one lone deranged suicidal gunman and brought him down before he could kill again.

    American needs heros. We want to see then honored and the state of the Union is the traditional place to do so.

    Many on those blog that have objected to this clearly have serious issues – biiter people with a rotted out soul. A lot appear to be intelligent paid bloggers that know better, but are simply political prostitutes that have no problem stepping all over the 1st amendment right to free speech by spreading lies and hatred in an attempt to drown out citizens wanting to use this form to sincerely express their point of view.

    January 26, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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