BY ANITA KUMAR
MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU
The White House's guests for the State of the Union address Tuesday includes survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing, an Oklahoma fire chief who responded to a deadly tornado, the nation's first openly gay professional basketball player, a 16-year-old inventor and Washington, D.C.'s public school teacher of the year.
They will join First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Jill, and Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president, in the first lady's box.
Among the guests: Jason Collins, who attended Stanford, was selected as an All American, named the NCAA’s “Big Man of the Year,” and earned an appearance in the Final Four. After graduating in 2001, he was drafted into the NBA and has played for six teams. In April 2013, Collins became the first male player in major American team sports to come out openly as gay.
Tens of millions are expected to watch the 9 p.m. EST address, which Obama will deliver from the U.S. Capitol; House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, a rising star in her party, will deliver the GOP response.