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Highlights from After the Speech

President Obama's Virtual Roadtrip

On Friday, January 31, President Obama traveled (virtually) around the country via Google+ Hangout to answer questions about his State of the Union Address from everyday Americans about issues like immigration reform, raising the minimum wage and more.

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Virtual "Big Block of Cheese Day"

In 1837, President Jackson hosted an open house featuring a 1,400-pound block of cheese. On January 29th, with a nod to history (and maybe the TV show the West Wing), dozens of White House officials took to social media for a day long "open house" to answer your questions.

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Guests of the First Lady

Each year, a group of extraordinary Americans joins the First Lady in a viewing box at the Capitol to watch the President's State of the Union address. From teachers to innovators, business leaders to service members, these Americans exemplify the themes and ideals laid out in the President's speech. Below, learn more about who will join the First Lady this year.

Michelle Obama
First Lady of the United States
Dr. Jill Biden
Second Lady of the United States
Valerie Jarrett
Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
Joey Hudy
Anthem, AZ

Jason Collins
Los Angeles, CA
Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman
Boston, MA
Gary Bird
Moore, OK
Kathy Hollowell-Makle
Washington, DC
Aliana Arzola-Piñero
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Cristian Avila
Phoenix, AZ
Mary Barra
Detroit, MI
Governor Steve Beshear
Tyrone Davis
Winston-Salem, NC
Vice Admiral Michelle Howard
Washington, DC
Sabrina Simone Jenkins
Charleston, SC
Mayor Ed Lee
San Francisco, CA
Andra Rush
Detroit, MI
Amanda Shelley
Gilbert, AZ
Antoinette Tuff
Atlanta, GA
Misty DeMars
Oak Park, IL
Peter Mouskondis
Salt Lake City, UT
Cory Remsburg and Craig Remsburg
Phoenix, AZ
Estiven Rodriguez
New York, NY
John Soranno
St. Paul, MN
Nick Chute
Minneapolis, MN