To know what the president plans to say tonight, take a look at the guest list

posted at 4:15 pm on January 24, 2012 by Tina Korbe

All we need to know to know that tax reform will be a prominent part of the president’s speech tonight is that Warren Buffett’s secretary, Debbie Bosanek, will be in a box with the First Lady. Bosanek says she couldn’t sleep last night because she’s so excited — even though she knows she’ll have to wake up in time for a dawn flight tomorrow morning to be sure to report to work on time.

Bosanek isn’t the only interesting guest on the list, though. The First Lady has also extended invitations to: Steve Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs; outgoing Rep. Gabby Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly; and Adam Rapp, a cancer survivor that the Obama administration says was helped by Obamacare.

Obama will likely touch on something relevant to each of these guests: about efforts to stimulate technological innovation, for example; about what we learned from the Tucson shooting and the incredible story of Giffords’ recovery, perhaps; about the effectiveness of Obamacare, assuredly.

That’s not unusual; every president since Reagan has used guests to illustrate important points in his addresses. Personal anecdotes are always an effective way of touting a particular stance on an issue. Plus, they serve as an important reminder that policy matters because persons matter. Mentions of these guests — even if they’re misleading about the overall effects of Obama’s policies — will at least enliven a speech that otherwise promises to be dully divisive.


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Keep circling the firing squad, you’re doing a great job there.
It’s been real.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

…will at least enliven a speech that otherwise promises to be dully divisive.

Old and Busted: Dear Leader

New Hotness: Dear Dully Divisive Leader

Marcola on January 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

It must terrify you that conservatives are outgrowing your stereotypes.

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Oh, and Mimzy

Thank you.

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 7:17 PM

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 7:11 PM

It’s useless to argue with this idiot. You can’t fix stupid.

chewmeister on January 24, 2012 at 7:18 PM

It’s useless to argue with this idiot. You can’t fix stupid.

chewmeister on January 24, 2012 at 7:18 PM

I think the shrinks call it repetition compulsion. If I just try a LITTLE bit harder……..

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Won’t help. Bedsores is hopeless.

chewmeister on January 24, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Thanks. But I will (can’t) (as in just not samrt enough to) never give up on them.

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Keep circling the firing squad, you’re doing a great job there.
It’s been real.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Educated, or at least well indoctrinated, Troll people. Keep your eyes on the prize. November. No matter who. It can’t be worse.

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 7:31 PM

You guys are so predictable.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I think the shrinks call it repetition compulsion. If I just try a LITTLE bit harder……..

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 7:20 PM

You’re doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. That’s insane :-) I’d give you an A for perseverance though.

Oldnuke on January 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Is BedBug our new getalife? I kind of miss him/her/it

neuquenguy on January 24, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Sure if you count the eight years Bush was in office versus the three years of Barry, dolt. And you forgot to mention that most of Bush’s “vacations” was spent at his own ranch in Crawford, not at the lavish resorts that the O’s seem to favor. And how many times did the Bush’s take separate AF1′s for the family members and the dog? Geez.

chewmeister on January 24, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Yep, only in liberal-world does going home count as going on vacation. The ranch in Crawford of course is equivalent to taking hundreds of people and a dozen planes with half of the Secret Service to Spain, or Hawaii, or etc.

Now these are the same folks that are calculating the rates of unemployment for us, so there you go.

slickwillie2001 on January 24, 2012 at 7:45 PM

BedBug on January 24, 2012

Pssst come here. Shhh. Just a little closer. No even closer.Shhh…
even the liberals that visit here are embarrassed by your lame
posting. Just thought you should know and I was trying to be polite
so nobody could hear.

CW on January 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I’m surprised they didn’t invite Bin Laden’s corpse. I mean it really is the only thing he’s done right this year. His golf clubs should also be invited, the’ve done more work than anyone in his administration. If he really wants to impress the nation he can sing the state of the union, the press would eat that with two spoons. Another invitee could be his travel agent, thats at least one job saved or created.

buckeyerich on January 24, 2012 at 7:56 PM

I’m surprised they didn’t invite Bin Laden’s corpse. I mean it really is the only thing he’s done right this year….

buckeyerich on January 24, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Photoshop!

slickwillie2001 on January 24, 2012 at 8:00 PM

BedBug on January 24, 2012

Pssst come here. Shhh. Just a little closer. No even closer.Shhh…
even the liberals that visit here are embarrassed by your lame
posting. Just thought you should know and I was trying to be polite
so nobody could hear.

CW on January 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I could say the same thing about you and conservatives here, dear. I’ve seen you get eviscerated by your fellow HA posters. I doubt they would miss your profound pontification.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Gingrich against Obama, that’s not a hard choice there for any moderate in this country to make…crazy/rabid/psycho vs socialist…what would you choose?

jimver on January 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM

But…Gingrich isn’t a socialist. You must be confused.

Solaratov on January 24, 2012 at 8:09 PM

I just hopped in my time machine–here’s an advance copy of the SOTU.

ElectricPhase on January 24, 2012 at 8:09 PM

I don’t know if this has been mentioned, but:

Herman Cain Delivers Tea Party Response to SOTU TONIGHT!

http://news.yahoo.com/herman-cain-delivers-tea-party-response-sotu-tonight-141607338.html

bluefox on January 24, 2012 at 8:19 PM

I could be wrong, but scuttlebutt has it that Gabby Giffords husband is planning to run for her job. Democrats like to do this, if not all politicos. They often think the job is theirs and can be passed on to children and spouses.

What a bit of pre-campaign hype, having him at the SOTU as a sort of kick-off.

patfish on January 24, 2012 at 8:21 PM

You guys are so predictable.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Racist!

tom daschle concerned on January 24, 2012 at 8:22 PM

It appears the Tea Party Response will be here streaming:

http://www.teapartyexpress.org/

I should have read the rest of the article, sorry.

bluefox on January 24, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I could be wrong, but scuttlebutt has it that Gabby Giffords husband is planning to run for her job. Democrats like to do this, if not all politicos. They often think the job is theirs and can be passed on to children and spouses.

What a bit of pre-campaign hype, having him at the SOTU as a sort of kick-off.

patfish on January 24, 2012 at 8:21 PM

That’s right. Scott Brown is Teddy Kennedy’s illegitimate child and Teddy disowned him when he saw Scott’s centerfold.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 8:25 PM

That’s right. Scott Brown is Teddy Kennedy’s illegitimate child and Teddy disowned him when he saw Scott’s centerfold.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 8:25 PM

In your world that passes for clever?

/cough Joseph P. Kennedy III /cough

ElectricPhase on January 24, 2012 at 8:47 PM

That’s right. Scott Brown is Teddy Kennedy’s illegitimate child and Teddy disowned him when he saw Scott’s centerfold.

BedBug on January 24, 2012 at 8:25 PM

You HAVE got to be Shiiting me… Is that your idea of a good quip?

Scott Brown can float (or at least swim). You truely are pathetic.

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 8:59 PM

WryTrvllr on January 24, 2012 at 8:59 PM

You have to give her full marks for her screen name, it’s so fitting.

OldEnglish on January 24, 2012 at 9:46 PM

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