|By Maureen O'Gara||
|February 12, 2013 01:15 AM EST||
Michelle Obama waited until the very last minute to invite people to sit in her box at her husband’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening.
That means that Apple CEO Tim Cook, who will be her guest, had to rearrange the agenda of the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, where he was supposed to speak at 1:15 in the afternoon Pacific time – after the market closed in New York – and answer a lot of tough questions about Apple’s stock plummeting and what he’s gonna do with the $137 billion Apple has in the bank.
He’s now supposed to get up at the crack of dawn, speak at the conference at 7:15 in the morning local time then hop a plane to Washington to show up cool as a cucumber on Capital Hill to listen to Obama, who may say nothing substantive about jobs, visas or anything else important economically.
He’ll be there because – according to White House economic advisor Gene Sperling – “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 – [how ironic] – manufacturing – [ditto] – innovation and how we create strong middle-class jobs [snort].”
Michelle’s other guests will be Monday’s Congressional Medal of Honor winner Clinton Romesha and the parents of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who performed at the inauguration a few days before she was shot and murdered in Chicago.
Last year the First Lady invited Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs to sit next to to her at the address along with Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger. He sold out to Facebook two months later.
Cook’s 7:15 presentation can be heard here.