Everyone knows that State of the Union speeches are mostly for show. Still, the news that Warren Buffet’s secretary is going to be Michelle Obama’s guest in the First Lady’s box takes this speech from ridiculous to absurd.
Typically, the guest of the First Lady is a hero of some sort. Nancy Reagan was the first First Lady to have guests at the State of the Union. Her first State of the Union guest, in 1982, was Lenny Skutnik, a Congressional Budget Office employee who had jumped into the icy waters of the Potomac River to help rescue survivors after Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the Potomac River in 1982.
Reagan said Skutnik demonstrated “the spirit of American heroism at its finest.” He then said, “We saw the heroism of one of our young government employees, Lenny Skutnik, who, when he saw a woman lose her grip on the helicopter line, dived into the water and dragged her to safety.”
Other guests have included: Alma Powell and Brenda Schwarzkopf, the wives of Gens. Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf, who were leading military operations in Iraq; Richard Dean, a Social Security Administration employee, who helped rescue victims of the Oklahoma City bombing; flight attendants Christina Jones and Hermis Moutardier who helped thwart an attempted bombing by Richard Reid, the so-called “Shoe Bomber.”
The other guest tonight with Michelle Obama is Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Giffords. It is pathetic that someone who has demonstrated incredible courage and persistence in helping with the recovery of Giffords is sharing space with Warren Buffet’s secretary, who is merely a prop for more arguments for class warfare.
Warren Buffet pays a lower rate than his secretary because he does not have any “earned” income. All of his income comes from his investments so it is passive income – or capital gains – and taxed at the 15% rate.
This is why Mitt Romney pays the same rate. He doesn’t have earned income – it’s all investment income.
So we’ll get to see Obama demagogue wealth creators tonight, using a (well-paid) secretary as a prop.