Tucson Shooting Hero to be honored at State of the Union
January 24th, 2011
08:34 AM ET
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Tucson Shooting Hero to be honored at State of the Union

Washington (CNN) – It is a Washington ritual at the State of the Union address. The president honors special guests by inviting them to sit alongside the first lady in her reserved box in the House chamber.

This year the special guests will include at least one of the heroes from the tragic Tucson shooting. White House spokesman Nick Shapiro tells CNN Daniel Hernandez, the intern who assisted Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in the Safeway parking lot, will join First Lady Michelle Obama for the speech.

According to a senior White House official, Capt. Mark Kelly, husband of Rep. Giffords, was also invited but is unlikely to attend because of the Congresswoman's ongoing treatment and rehabilitation at a Houston, Texas hospital. The rest of the guest list has not yet been announced.

Traditionally, the special guest list can be about two dozen people, ranging from guests who exemplify extreme valor and courage to those who represent the president's political agenda.

Last year, special guests included Kimberly Munley and Mark Todd, the two officers credited with helping to take down Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan following the alleged shooting rampage at the Fort Hood Military base. Mayor Mick Cornett, the Republican Mayor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Cindy Parker-Martinez, whose entire family was denied health insurance because of pre-existing conditions, were also among last year's the special guests.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. marcamp2

    Ever the opportunists! How lucky could one get! Now that he gleefully positioned himself through a "pep rally" of a memorial service, the Obamas are now seeking additional traction out of a national tragedy..what a pair of disgusting low life!

    January 24, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    The use of people, as pawns of the political arena, this way, is becoming quite distasteful. I didn't approve of it, in previous administrations, either.

    January 24, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Peace

    I agree the intern was a hero, but what I do see is improper is to honor the man, while the congresswoman is still in the Intensive Care, and hasn't said even a single word.

    January 24, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |