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Visitor' Gallery Filled with Variety of Guests at SOU Address

 
Visitor' Gallery Filled with Variety of Guests at SOU Address
Posted January 28th, 2014 @ 5:30pm by KFBK News

The guests who will be joining Michelle Obama tonight to watch the president deliver his State of the Union address will include the first woman to lead a major automaker, an Illinois woman whose emergency unemployment benefits have run out, and an openly gay former NBA player.

It's become tradition for the first lady's guests to include those whose personal stories can help highlight a particular policy or issue.  Also invited is the Atlanta woman who is credited with preventing a shooting at an elementary school by talking the gunman into surrendering. 

The visitors' gallery above the House floor tonight will also be filled with an eclectic group of guests invited by members of Congress.  They include Willie Robertson, one of the stars of the "Duck Dynasty'' show on A&E.  He's the guest of Republican congressman Vance McAllister of Louisiana.

Robertson is the son of Phil Robertson, who was temporarily suspended from the shot after making anti-gay remarks.  Charles Woods will be there as well. He's the father of Ty Woods, a Navy SEAL who was killed in the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

He's the guest of an Oklahoma Republican congressman. 

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