SOTU Guests: Ted Nugent, Mohawk Guy

A look at who will be attending tonight's State of the Union address
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2013 7:37 AM CST
SOTU Guests: Ted Nugent, Mohawk Guy, Gabby Giffords
Musician Ted Nugent at the National Rifle Association's 140th convention in 2011.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Who will be sitting in the audience when President Obama gives his State of the Union address tonight? Well, not everyone will be a fan:

  • Ted Nugent will be there as a guest of Rep. Steve Stockman, Talking Points Memo reports. Nugent wants to "counter the scams and lies of the left," he told radio host Mike Broomhead yesterday. "The president will have the State of the Union stacked and jammed with props, children, and victims of violent crime. And my friends wanted me to attend to counter that the way that I do: with facts, statistics, and common sense and logic and a celebration of self-evident truths. So I will be taking on the media orgy following the State of the Union Address."
  • Everyone's favorite NASA employee will be there. Bobak Ferdowsi, aka "Mohawk Guy," will sit with Michelle Obama, KPCC reports. Ferdowsi, an Iranian-American, will highlight the president's call for more visas for immigrants skilled in math, science, and engineering.

  • The first lady will also host Desiline Victor, in a nod to voting reform. The 102-year-old had to make two visits to her Florida voting precinct and wait three-plus hours to vote, the AP reports.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook will also sit with Michelle Obama, the Mercury News reports. Apple plans to manufacture some computers in the US, which highlights one of the president's economic goals.
  • And, as Nugent predicted, at least 20 people affected by gun violence will be there. Each was invited by a member of Congress in an effort organized by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, CNN reports. The guests include the brother of a Sandy Hook victim, the mother of an Aurora victim, and Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly. Hadiya Pendleton's parents will be in Michelle Obama's box.
  • Military families will also attend, including Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha.
A bizarre note from Yahoo! News: In a conference call yesterday, the Democratic National Committee got lawmakers together to give a "prebuttal" to Marco Rubio's Republican rebuttal of the State of the Union. That's right. A prebuttal to a rebuttal to a speech that hasn't aired yet. (More Ted Nugent stories.)

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