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Michelle Obama surrounded by guests at State of the Union

Did you notice at Tuesday's State of the Union address, First Lady Michelle Obama had almost as many guests around her as there were representatives and senators on the floor.

Perhaps the president was considering the philosophy that states: "If you can't beat them, surround them."

Man, just seated with the First Lady we noticed members of the military, students, teachers, small businesses, large-large businesses (like the CEO of Apple), medical people, a governor, a mayor -- not just any mayor, you understand -- the mayor of Avondale, Ariz., our own Maria Lopez Rogers. What a story she has.

Long before she was elected in 2006, she grew up in the exact same area, but then it was a cotton land and that's where she worked next to her migrant family in the farm labor camp that now is the home of Avondale City Hall, where Mayor Roger's office is. What a journey.

Not quite as long as another guest at the State of the Union: Desiline Victor, originally from Haiti, now Miami; she's 102-years-old. Why was she invited?

She voted in the last election.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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