DES MOINES, Iowa--Iowa Governor Terry Branstad won't have a seat to hear President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address in person Tuesday night. But he does know what it is like to get a close-up view of the event that is broadcast live across the country.
Back in 1990, Branstad said he got invited by President H.W. Bush to listen to the speech. Branstad served as the chairman of the National Governors Association at the time. And Branstad heard the president call out his name as one of the governors highlighted for work to improve the education system.
But Branstad pointed out the irony in another governor that Bush mentioned. Bush also singled out the work of the governor of Arkansas at the time. That governor was Bill Clinton, the man who, two years later, beat Bush in the presidential election.