WASHINGTON — Two of the men forever linked by last year’s Boston Marathon bombings will be guests of Michelle Obama for the State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
Jeff Bauman — the 27-year-old who lost both legs in the attack — and Carlos Arredondo — the 53-year-old wearing a cowboy hat who wheeled him to safety — will be there for the speech.
The scene of the two in the immediate aftermath of the bombings became one of the iconic images, capturing both the chaos and courage of the day.
From his hospital bed, Bauman later played a crucial role in describing the Tsarnaev brothers and helping investigators try to identify the bombing suspects. Arrendondo, who made a tourniquet from a sweater sleeve that saved Bauman’s life, is now what some of his friends call Boston’s “comforter in chief.”
Their presence in the House chamber may be one indication that Obama will bring up the Boston bombings during his address. Those who are invited typically reinforce a point that the president makes during the speech.
Another guest will be Jason Collins, who last year became the first US male athlete playing a major professional sport to come out as gay.
The guests will be seated with the first lady, as well as Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, and senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.
The White House has yet to announce the full list of attendees. But among the other guests expected to attend are Gary Bird, the fire chief in Moore, Okla., where a devastating tornado struck last May; Joey Hudy, a 16-year-old innovator from Arizona who this month became Intel’s youngest intern; and Kathy Hollowell-Makle, the District of Columbia’s 2013 teacher of the year.
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