The State of the Union address is yet another big thing Kim Davis knocked off her bucket list, how does she keep doing this?!
Davis' controversial appearance at the SOTU became known to the media just hours before the actual address. Strangely enough, when they questioned Senator Jim Jordan of Ohio about whether or not he was the source of Davis' ticket, he initially denied it. CNN later confirmed that Davis was invited by Jordan, whose name is now inextricably tied to the county clerk and the Family Research Council (an anti-LGBT group classified by the SPLC as a hate group).
Jordan said in a statement, hours after denying he sent Davis a ticket, " "Kim Davis used our ticket. Our staff heard from the Family Research Council that Ms. Davis and her family hoped to attend the State of the Union address and so we offered a ticket."
This isn't the first important "meeting" Davis has been "invited" to. Just this past fall, Davis claimed to have had a private audience with the Pope himself in which she claimed he supported her stance on gay marriage.
The Vatican quickly released a statement saying, "The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis, and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects," adding, "Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope's characteristic kindness and availability. The only real audience granted by the pope at the nunciature (embassy) was with one of his former students and his family."
If we were to venture a guess, it would have something to do with her lawyer Mat Staver, who has had statements at the ready for Davis and even attended the SOTU address with her.
But we digress, how about we shift the focus on someone positive for the rest of the evening:
First Lady Michelle Obama not only stunned onlookers with her beautiful marigold dress, but also brought her own important guest. Her guest was Syrian refugee Refaai Hamo.
Hamo, a 55-year-old man, fled Turkey in 2013 after Syrian government anti-personnel missiles killed his wife, one of his daughters, and five other of his family members. His life before the tragedy was an inspiration. Hamo spent his life dedicated in the pursuit of science, working a job in construction in order to pay his way through school. After graduating at the top of his class, he was offered a scholarship to earn his PHD. He then married his college sweetheart and started a family. Then the missile came, and Hamo was forced to flee to Turkey.
There he was unable to work without a residential permit and was hit even harder with a stomach cancer diagnosis. When he granted refugee status, he was interviewed by Humans of New York where he stated "I suffered for my dream. I gave everything. If I had 100 liras, I would spend it on a book. My ultimate goal was to become a great scientist and make a lasting contribution to humanity."
Hamo lives with his remaining three daughters and son in a condo in Troy, Michigan. He was one of the 23 guests sitting in the First Lady's box in the House of Representatives gallery.