Latina Scientist, DREAMer Among First Lady’s State of the Union Guests

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

GUEST WHO: 6 of the most unexpected State of the Union guests.

Millions will watch Tuesday’s State of the Union speech, but only a couple of dozen will do so from the most important perch: the first lady’s box.

President Obama’s list this year includes a doctor working to stop the spread of Ebola, union workers benefiting from a stronger economy, a victim of gun violence, a government worker freed in a prisoner exchange as part of the outreach to Cuba, and an illegal immigrant who has remained in the country under Mr. The guests – which include an LAPD Police Captain and an ex-convict who started a prison program to help fellow inmates complete a two-year degree – are among 22 guests the White House invited to Tuesday night’s speech. Seated in the same box as first lady Michelle Obama during the speech in Washington, D.C., the Southland residents will join fellow honorees including an astronaut, a doctor who worked to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, a former prisoner of the Cuban government and several letter-writers whose stories inspired the president.

Obama will continue a tradition first started in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan to invite people whose stories of tragedy or triumph highlight an issue or public policy. LeDaya Epps, a Compton native who surmounted several life obstacles to graduate as one of just two female construction workers from a union apprenticeship program, is among the group of local residents who will be attending the speech. Part oratorical punctuation for the president’s priorities and part rose-tinted window into America’s soul, the box has hosted mayors and Marines, overachieving schoolchildren and visionary entrepreneurs, and the occasional heroic everyman who stepped up when the time called for it. “I constantly think back on it.

Among the guests this year is Scott Kelly, an American astronaut who will soon be blasting off for a year-long mission the international space station. Many such guests have been decorated veterans or highly respected individuals whose own personal experiences serve as an example of resilience or success for an attentive public watching the nationally televised address at home.

Also attending will be Katrice Mubiru, a Los Angeles Unified School District teacher who wrote a letter to the president urging him to support career-technical education for K-12 students. Phil Tingirides of Irvine, who recently spearheaded the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) program, which fosters cooperation between the LAPD and residents of the Watts housing developments scarred by race riots and subsequent gang violence.

Getsla was chosen along with a female classmate and their teacher because they were among the students in the Chicago suburbs who stunned the globe and became counterpunches to claims of American educational decline, tying for first in the world in science scores and placing second in math. Steven Ramos attended in 2001, when President Bush delivered his first address to Congress in the chamber and issued a call for lawmakers to pass his tax cut proposal. Hours after landing, Mr Gross told a press conference of his gratitude to Mr Obama. 1) Lenny Skutnik became a national hero during the crash of Air Florida Flight 90 into the freezing waters of the Potomac River in Washington in January 1982.

He will be joined by Prophet Walker, who attended Loyola Marymount University’s school of Engineering following a six-year prison sentence for robbery and has since become a construction engineer. It’s an entire group of people, entire group of organizations, entire community working together to make a huge change in violent crime,” Tingirides told ABC7. “The recognition given by the president of the United States to a community engagement program like CSP, speaks volumes about the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. “Capt. Two years later that young governor, one Bill Clinton, repaid Bush’s kindness by beating him in the election and driving him from the Oval Office after one term.

Clinton honored Sosa, not for his sporting achievement (which was later marred by the revelation he had used performance enhancing drugs), but for the relief efforts he helped lead in his native Dominican Republic after it was hit by a hurricane. After getting out of prison, he studied engineering at Loyola Marymount University and has seen other participants in his program be accepted to universities. It’s all good now, though – presidents 41 and 42 are best buds and Barbara Bush even went so far as to say Clinton views the elder Bush as “a little bit like the father he didn’t have”. 3) In March 1981 a lone gunman shot Ronald Reagan as he left a Washington hotel.

Walker also continued to advocate for lowering recidivism among former inmates by starting Watts United Weekend, an organization that runs weekend camp retreats focused on helping ex-prisoners succeed in life after incarceration. Mubiru met and introduced Obama in July when he visited Los Angeles Trade-Technical College to highlight technical skills programs. (TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. The shooting prompted one of the first rounds of national soul searching on guns but it took another 13 years before the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act was signed into law. Anita McBride, who served as chief of staff for first lady Laura Bush, said the president, first lady and other key staffers squirrel away ideas throughout the year based on letters they receive or people they meet. Final decisions are made closer to the speech, when the president has settled on his priorities and has a better sense of the people who match his message. “They’re looking to select individuals who reflect, from their perspectives in a positive way, their issues and priorities they have for the American people, and also reflect the generosity, the compassion, the example of the American spirit,” said Ms.

Bush, who would host troops wounded in Iraq or the parents of a soldier killed in the fight, sitting them near an Iraqi woman who was able to vote for the first time thanks to their sacrifices. Instead she’s the secretary to Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor, who realised that his rate of tax was lower than hers because his money came from capital gains while hers was from a salary. Baseball slugger Sammy Sosa was in the box in 1999, and six years later he was back before Congress, sitting at a witness table to testify through his attorney that he had never taken steroids. Joey Hudy, a kid who became a viral sensation in 2012 ago when he impressed Mr Obama with his “extreme marshmallow cannon”, scored an invite to the 2014 address.

President Reagan pointed him out in the gallery in 1982 and hailed him as an everyday hero for having dived into the icy Potomac River to rescue passengers from the Air Florida jet crash. Bush in 2007 pointed out Wesley Autrey, a New York City construction worker who jumped in front of an oncoming subway train to rescue a man who had fallen onto the tracks. Obama hosted Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot whose emergency landing maneuvers on the Hudson River in New York saved the lives of all 155 passengers and crew on his plane. “We were there for a very different reason. This is the people’s house, and it’s a responsibility of the president and the first lady to open up the door and welcome them in there,” she said. Ramos recalled touring the Speaker’s Balcony, a majestic perch that looks out on the National Mall to the west of the Capitol, which he said was like being a conquering Ceasar.

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