Apple’s Tim Cook to Be Michelle Obama’s State of the Union Guest

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be keeping some interesting company on Tuesday, as the head of the world's most valuable corporation will sit next to First Lady Michelle Obama as her guest at President Barak Obama's annual State of the Union address.

Mr. Cook will be there in part to symbolize the idea of American jobs, a topic Mr. Obama is expected to focus on during the event. Gene Sperling, an economic adviser to the White House, told CNBC that Apple is, "a great American company."

In an interview, Mr. Sperling said, "Apple is a great American company, and it stands for our sense of innovation, invention, entrepreneurship, and risk taking and I think that's quite an appropriate person to be in the First Lady's box when the president is talking about our economic future, the importance of job creation, manufacturing, innovation and how we create strong middle class jobs."

Who is included as guests of the First Lady is often the subject of interest from the press and political watchers alike. This is the second year in a row for Michelle Obama to pick some of her guest list from the Apple tree. At last year's address, Mrs. Obama had Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of the late Steve Jobs, sitting with her.

The State of the Union address is scheduled to begin at 9:00 PM EST (6:00 PM PST). Expect Mr. Cook and Mrs. Obama to both get some screen time.

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Lee Dronick

Well this interesting. Recently Apple announced that they would be building some products here in the USA


I wonder if Mrs Obama will lean over and whisper in Mr Cook’s ear: “Could my husband borrow a few billion” ?......

John Molloy

I think it’s more like “Tim, may I have a new watch, please?”


If you say you’re going to manufacture Macs in the U.S.A. you can sit next to the First Lady while the President talks about jobs.

It’s interesting that Apple, the whipping boy for all hi-tech made in China would get such prominent exposure. But I suppose the President can also talk about Apple’s involvement with Labor and Human rights at their suppliers.

“Exporting American values and rights to their overseas suppliers and partners, not because it helps their bottom line, but because it’s the right thing to do.”

Never mind that their margins allow it where others may not. (ever the cynic!)

Lee Dronick

“So in conclusion the State of the Union is insanely great!

Oh there is one more thing.

Tim Cook from Apple Computer, well they are going by Apple Inc now, is here sitting up there with Michele. Tim would like to take this opportunity to announce the iPhone Wristwatch. These will be built in Ohio and Kentucky bring much needed jobs to those States, something Speaker Boehner and Senator McConnell have been unable or unwilling to do. They will be assembled in green factories by retrained coal miners. So let us take a few minutes to watch an video demonstration of the Samsung killer, Tim assures me that it is not a PowerPoint demonstration.”

Lee Dronick

President Obama just gave a shout out to Apple for bringing some manufacturing back to the USA.

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