A 102-year-old Haitian woman from North Miami, who spent hours in line to early vote last year, will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama for Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
By Erika Bolstad and Nadege Green
McClatchy Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON -- At age 102, it’s possible Desaline Victor is the oldest guest ever to attend a State of the Union address.
But the North Miami woman, known as "Granny" among the city’s Haitian community, was chosen less for her age than what she stands for.
As a naturalized U.S. citizen who waited for more than three hours to cast her ballot on Nov. 6, say White House officials, Victor represents what President Barack Obama wants to highlight most in his second term. So Victor will sit in the First Lady’s box, along with military families, people who are championing immigration reform, and victims of gun reform.