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In 2012, Michelle Obama invited several well-known people:

  • Mark Kelly, US astronaut, husband of US Rep. Gabby Giffords, and gun control advocate
  • Laurene Powell Jobs, a philanthropist and the widow of Steve Jobs
  • Mike Krieger, the cofounder of Instagram
  • Debbie Bosanek, Warren Buffett's secretary who paid 35.8 percent in taxes compared to Buffett's 17.4 percent
  • Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, TX
  • Navy Adm. William McRaven, United States Special Operations Command
  • Air Force Col. Ginger Wallace, an openly gay service member

The guest list reflected priorities including immigration, gun control, innovation, income inequality, and gay rights.

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