I don’t know about you, but I like to learn the behind the scenes part of these big events. My FNC colleague Chad Pergram sent this (below) and I figured you might want to read it. Note how helpful he is with the pronunciations (I need that help!)
Some Operational Notes about tonight’s speech
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
Just a couple of notes about this evening.
Prior to the speech, the House will welcome the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, the most longest-serving ambassador from a foreign nation, to the chamber. For many years now this has been Roble Olhaye (pronounced ROH-bill oh-HIGH-yay), ambassador from Djibouti (juh-BOO-tee). He has been Djibouti;s ambassador in Washington since 1988.
Bill Livingood, who is the House Sergeant at Arms, will formally announce the president into the chamber. His name is pronounced LIH-vinn-good.
Among the 12 guests sitting in the box of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will be the CEO of Gibson Guitar, Henry Juszkiewicz (JUSS-kuh-witz). Federal gents from the Bureau of Wildlife and Fish raided Gibson factories in Nashville and Memphis last month. Gibson is accused of potentially using rare, ebony wood from Madagascar for guitars. Gibson claims it did not. Juszkiewicz says the Justice Department was “bullying” his firm “without filing charges.”
President Obama has previously addressed one Joint Sessions of Congress that was not a State of the Union message. That was on September 9, 2009 when the president came to Capitol Hill to discuss the health care bill. The session is now probably best remembered for Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) hectoring the president with his accusation of “You lie!”
President Clinton also addressed a Joint Session of Congress in September, 1993 to lay out his proposed health care plan.
President George W. Bush spoke to a Joint Session of Congress on September, 20, 2011 after the 9-11 attacks.
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