The State of the Union speech itself may not have the same grand aura of addresses of old, but at least the crowd sitting with Michelle Obama is turning out to be an interesting bunch. Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Steve, will be with the first lady, and the White House bio stresses her own accomplishments, notes the San Francisco Chronicle. That includes her work as founder of the Emerson Collective, which is "focused on harnessing the potential of individuals from underserved communities to help them build a better life," says the White House.
Also there will be the guy who co-founded the photography app company Instagram, Mike Krieger. He is a native of Brazil who came to the US to study at Stanford, a good sign that immigration will be one of President Obama's themes, notes the Chronicle. We already knew that Warren Buffett's secretary would be there, to help the president shore up his message about economic inequality.