White House spokesman Jay Carney spoke with CBS Boston Tuesday about the two guests invited to the address by Obama, Jeff Bauman and Carlos Arredondo. Carney said the two men "are the perfect demonstration and embodiment of Boston strong."
He went on to say that the president and the White House were very impressed by the reaction of the people of Boston after the bombing and that the president is glad that the two men will be there for his fifth State of the Union address.
Among the other guests will be NBA player Jason Collins, who became the first male professional athlete to come out as gay last April.
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