Ed Lee to sit with first lady Michelle Obama at State of the Union

Mayor Ed Lee, who just returned from the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., is headed back east – for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address tonight.

Lee is among the roughly two dozen guests invited to sit in first lady Michelle Obama’s box during the address, according to the White House.
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The announcement from the White House touts Lee’s local work toward advancing the discussion about immigration reform and his proposal to increase San Francisco’s minimum wage.

Those topics, and a mention of a $30-million federal grant in 2012 for school improvements and neighborhood revitalization in the Mission, may highlight some of what Obama will address in the State of the
Union.

According to many news reports, Obama is expected to announce initiatives that are aimed at narrowing the growing income gap in America.

The Associated Press reported Monday that Obama is expected to announce executive actions related to helping the long-term unemployed find work, increasing retirement security and adding job training.

“Tomorrow night, it’s time to restore opportunity for all,” Obama said Monday on a Vine post.

According to news reports, other guests invited to sit in Michelle Obama’s box during the speech include two survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing and an openly gay NBA player.

UPDATE (1/28): Read the full release from the White House about the guests invited to sit with first lady Michelle Obama for the State of the Union address. 

Correction: This post was updated on Jan. 28, 2014. A previous version incorrectly stated the number of people invited to sit with first lady Michelle Obama. There are two dozen people invited by the White House to sit with the first lady during the address.
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