White House adds GM exec, immigration activist, Georgia school shooting hero to SOTU guest list
January 28th, 2014
12:01 AM ET
7 months ago

White House adds GM exec, immigration activist, Georgia school shooting hero to SOTU guest list

(CNN) - As President Barack Obama prepares to address the nation, the White House released additional names of guests invited to join the first lady for Tuesday's State of the Union address.

Among those attending the speech will be Mary Barra, chief executive officer of General Motors Company and the first woman to run a major global automaker. Antoinette Tuff, a Georgia bookkeeper deemed a hero after talking down a school shooter, will also join the first lady, along with immigration activist Cristian Avila, who joined the fasting protest in Washington last year.

The White House previously announced two survivors of last year's bombing at the Boston Marathon would be honored guests at the event, alongside Jason Collins, the former NBA center who in 2013 became the first openly gay male athlete in one of the four major American pro leagues.

Other guests announced early Tuesday include Vice Adm. Michelle Howard, the first female four-star admiral in the 238-year-history of the United States Navy; Kentucky's Democratic governor, Steve Beshear; Tyrone Davis, a fellow with the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps who has been legally blind since age 9; Sabrina Simone Jenkins, a single mother from South Carolina; Mayor Ed Lee, the first Asian-American mayor of San Francisco; Andra Rush, a Native American business owner; Amanda Shelley, a physician assistant and Obamacare success story; and Aliana Arzola-Piñero from Puerto Rico, who attended last year's Kid's State Dinner

Along with the first lady, the guests will be seated with Dr. Jill Biden and Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. The White House said it plans to announce more guests leading up to the President's address.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Vence

    So, basically he is inviting all the people who he has failed.

    January 28, 2014 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  2. Tommy G

    Who cares who is invited? These addresses are a farce and a joke, especially with the Liar of the Year (how right you were Joe Wilson!) giving his usual BS lines and attacks. The State of the Union is a train wreck thanks to 5 years of failed Obama policies and it is only getting worse as the Obamacare train wreck continues to destroy peoples healthcare plans. Most Americans are tired of hearing Obama's endless litany of lies and BS. We would all be better served by doing the laundry.

    January 28, 2014 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  3. Rob

    Of course Obama would bring GM. I bet he fails to mention that after GM "paid us back" the US tax payer ended up losing over 27 billion dollars thanks t the way Obama handle it and kissed the unions butt. No way would Mr. Liar in Chief bring that up

    January 28, 2014 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  4. John, PA

    Obama address the nation on what? Another chance to highlight his long list of Failures. This could be the shortest SOTU speech in history; but; you know it won’t.

    January 28, 2014 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  5. Dean

    I'm surprised that the White House was able to actually find a Obamacare sucess story. If the press digs a little, they'll probably find that she really never enrolled, even though her healthcare insurance was dropped by her previous provider.

    January 28, 2014 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Obama gathers his props for his lies to the people of America.

    January 28, 2014 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Dean – 14 million who were uninsured, have health care now, thanks to ACA. I am surprised Hannity did not tell you.

    January 28, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  8. Tampa Tim

    The only people hurt by ACA, are the baggers with junk policies in red states.

    January 28, 2014 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  9. Tampa Tim

    If W Bush had one third the accomplishments of President Obama, baggers would be demanding we put his face on Mt. Rushmore.

    January 28, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Have we ever seen such animosity, scorn, disdain, and outright disrespect for a POTUS on the day of the SOTU before? What's most amazing about it is that it's mostly coming from the same people who claim to be genuine patriots, and the only true defenders of The Constitution.

    January 28, 2014 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Interesting choice of archive photo. Today is the president's SOTU address, and the Americah flag is shown flyilng at half mast.

    January 28, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |