You can’t find bad seats in the House chamber. No obstructed views, no nose-bleed sections, no obnoxious attendees ruining the event. However, coveted seating remains. If you can’t score a seat on the dais, the next best option is the first lady’s box.
The White House released yesterday this year’s guest list for the first lady’s box at the State of the Union Address. Who will be sitting next to our illustrious first lady?
Alongside Dr. Jill Biden and Phil Schiliro, assistant to the president and director of the office of legislative affairs, Ursula M. Burns, chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation, will take her seat in the box. The White House named Burns to lead the White House national campaign on STEM education in 2009. She sits on the board of Change the Equation, and was appointed vice chair of the president’s Export Council in 2010.
Wendell P. Weeks, chairman and chief executive officer of Corning Inc., will join Burns. Weeks was named CEO in 2005 and serves as chairman of the board.
Other guests include Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta; Congressional Intern for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Daniel Hernandez; Afghanistan war veteran Staff Sgt. Brian Mast; Iraq war veteran Gunnery Sgt. Nicole Mohabir; and Dr. Peter Rhee, chief of trauma at the University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz.