President Barack Obama will come before a joint session of Congress tonight to deliver his last State of the Union address. And it’s the hottest ticket in Washington.
Lawmakers, Supreme Court justices and other government officials will pack the chamber of the House of Representatives to listen to the speech. In addition, dignitaries and honorees from around the country and the world will attend.
Traditionally, congressmen and senators receive one guest ticket to the event from the sergeant at arms of the House. Some invite friends, while others choose to highlight a praiseworthy constituent from their congressional district or state.
Here are 18 of the most interesting VIPs who will be in the audience for Obama’s final State of the Union address: