Former Army Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha said Tuesday that he has declined President Barack Obama’s invitation to attend the State of the Union speech, which was scheduled for the day after Obama awarded him the nation’s highest military award.
“He has decided to spend the evening with friends from his former unit, Black Knight Troop, 3-61 CAV, [and] his wife Tammy — with whom he celebrates a wedding anniversary Tuesday — and their families,” said a Feb. 12 article by CNN anchor Jake Tapper.
The invitees usually sit beside first lady Michelle Obama and are used to highlight priorities of the the administration. This year, the administration has invited successful immigrants, a lesbian couple, parents of shooting victims, business owners and others that can be used to win sympathy for Obama’s second-term agenda.
Romesha quit the Army after the 2009 battle when he won his award. He now lives and works in North Dakota. “When I called Clint to tell him that he would receive this medal, he said he was honored, but he also said, it wasn’t just me out there, it was a team effort,” Obama said Feb. 11.