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The White House's special guests for the State of the Union

President Trump's joint address to Congress last year
President Trump's joint address to Congress last year. Photo: Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

President Trump's special guests for tonight's State of the Union address make up an all-American cast: an African-American welder from Ohio who bought his first home last year; the first blind, double amputee to re-enlist in the Marine Corps; and a policeman who adopted a baby from opioid addicts.

More details on the 9pm ET SOTU address:

  • These "moments," when Trump singles out some of these special guests in the First Lady's box, are designed to be the most memorable parts of the speech, which aides say is designed to evoke pride in America.
  • Aides point out that there are very few times now when the country focuses on one thing, and they tried to make the most of the opening.
  • See the guest list, with photos.

But the lead story of the Boston Globe provides a reality check:

  • "The plush seats of the House chamber and the visitor’s gallery above will [include] lawmakers he has name-called on Twitter, Democrats who have called for his impeachment, members of congressional committees investigating his campaign’s contacts with Russia, and women legislators wearing black to support the ongoing #MeToo movement."
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