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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will attend President Obama's final State of the Union address

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be making a trip to Washington DC on Tuesday, January 12. He's been invited by First Lady Michelle Obama, to sit with her and a number of other special guests in the U.S. Capitol as President Barack Obama makes his final State of the Union address.

The White House stated:

"For the President's final State of the Union address, the individuals who will be seated in the guest box tell the story of the progress we have made since the President delivered his first address seven years ago – from a terrible economic recession and two costly wars, to a revitalized and thriving economy and renewed American leadership abroad."

In Nadella's specific case, The White House referenced Microsoft's recent announcement that the company will spend $75 million to help expand computer science education. It also mentioned the company's decision in October to offer new mothers 20 weeks of paid leave, along with 12 weeks of paid leave for non-birth parents.

Source: The White House

164 Comments
  • Cool.
  • Hopefully this doesn't indicate a reward for something we don't know about :/
  • Not cool.
  • Ops i thought it is an announcement of releasing windows 10 mobile :\
  • Lol.
  • Same here.. Thought even Obama cudnt bear the frustration of his child bugging him on when windows 10
  • :'D
  • ROTFL
  • Who cares about either one of them
  • Why post?
  • Why he has every right to. Why do all the Obama nuthuggers get all crazy when someone says anything critical of Obama. Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • That statement says everything about your personality (or lack off) !
  • Both of these fools have made terrible decision's....the fact that you care says a lot about you
  • The fact that you posted about something you don't care about and that you have a DBZ avatar says a lot about you.
  • Yeah, everyone should be as perfect as you and never speak out of turn...oh wait!
  • I do
  • Why?
  • Me.
    Now hit the bricks.
  • Realy, this is what are you able to come up only? Unplug windows 10 from NOFOXNEWS!
  • How about you throw your computer and phone away. Oh yeah that is right, all your money belongs to Microsoft and the government because you bought a computer and phone that you pay taxes on. Don't get mad because you didn't get an invite... Stop hating
  • Awsome
  • Agenda 21/30. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Not bad. About give Microsoft some free press and that is going to look nice. Showing a company that cares and continuing to make a difference. I predict Microsoft is going to be a big player in making internet free for all in the future. It is coming...
  • Asm
  • To show progress?  MS has shown a lot of progress and innovation.  Something the US has not shown and was not built for under any party.     
  • And yet it is the country MS and other tech companies choose for their HQ...
  • Satya say goodbye to that loser...tell him he can leave sooner, we won't miss him at all.
  • We?
  • Been on just FB lately? We would be a accurate statement as there are many.
  • Step outside the bubble. There are many on both sides.
  • OK Nist, so your are the one who thinks that moron did anything good for this country. Well he did bankrupt the country and has spent more in his first four years than all of the presidents combined...
  • Thank you for proving you have no idea what you are talking about.
  • Are you referring to Barr? His statement about the debt is true.
  • Only if you ignore the fact that anyone elected in 2008 would have faced the same exact problem.
  • Mkay. First of all, when Obama assumed the presidency, the country was in recession. You remember that? It was one of the worst in history. You know how you get out of recession? Spend. Build up infrastructure that was long overdue for an update. Bail out the largest American automaker so that they can be productive again. Pressure companies to manufacture within the country rather than outsource.
    Get people working again.
    You focusing on national debt is silly. That's the fearmongering drivel that Republicans keep spouting, when in reality that's the least of your personal problem. It was just a reason for Republicans to cut programs (e.g. Social Security and Medicare) that many people need but the very affluent couldn't careless if you can't afford retirement or healthcare, or your next car or house you wanted. But please, tell us about this bankrupt country that's seen its national unemployment rate significantly reduced. That has more people insured. Maybe your idea might have worked out better though. Austerity is a genius idea--just look at Greece...oh wait.
  • Well said person of interest.  Well said. From a CBO reported projected surplus of 5.6 trillion in 2001 and 4.2 percent a 9.7 percent unemployment and massive job losses. Today, a reasonbly healthy job growth to 4.5 million as of July 2014 and  292 thousand just last month making it the best month for hiring since 1999. Unemployment rate from 9.7 percent in 1982 to 5 percent 2016 and should drop to the 4's next month. The dollar has climbed about 10 percent in value in the past year compared with overseas currencies. Not to mention, the lowest number of Americans without insurance since 1998 due to the ACA. Opinions will be different but them's the facts.
  • Agreed. Both of you well said. Can someone send this to Cameron, Osborne and Duncan Smith? All that public schooling and still no clue lol
  • As a European(dutch) I'm sad he has to go and fearful of Trump.
  • Don't want trump, but anything or anyone is better than what we have now. Give me a paper bag, at least a paper bag works..
  • Works until it rains...
  • Last I remember plastic bags are used now.
  • You're free to leave whenever you'd like to move to Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Australia etc. You can go see how badly socialism is treating those places.
  • hey! who said you can let him into Canada,.. the guy probably loves China let him go there instead
  • Why would you be sad Obama has to go? He is easily one of the worst presidents this country has ever had. Nothing he has done has made a difference where it was supposed to. He's a clown, and honestly should have been brought up on charges for treason a while ago.
  • Bush and Cheney 1st.  Until then buzz off.
  • I said one of the worst. Learn to read.
  • Obama made Bush look good. That's how awful he's been.  
  • Haha. You are delusional, brainwashed, and completely wrong. Get back to fox news. They are missing you.
  • Come back with an actual logical reply instead of an ad hominum attack. Back your statement up with anything intelligent.
  • Just like you... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Oh dear I think you need to educate yourself. By far not the worst president. Where's your supposed evidence of this treason he has commit my shill Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • His negotiating with terrorist organizations is borderline, but releasing a terrorist to his people defines it exactly. Providing aid and comfort to the enemy. Add in his horrible spending, his ignoring of the constitution, his additional taxes through healthcare and his socialistic views, and I'd say he's up near the top when it comes to worst presidents. (which by the way I said one of, not THE)
  • I bet you were real cheesed off when Reagan negotiated with terrirists during Iran-Contra huh?
  • What a joke. Go vote for Donald Trump.
  • As an American(US) I don't care what Europeans think about our Presidency.  
  • I understand and I feel the same, however the USA is a NATO partner, economic partner and a friend. As far as countries can be friends xD. Besides the USA has an enormous amount influence world wide and impact, therefore I do care what happens regarding your politics.
  • Speak it brother
  • Lol. Idiot
  • Doesn't Mr. Nadella know the President of the United States uses a Blackberry ?
  • You think the president is lame enough to use Windows Phone?
  • Huh?  Are you saying we are all lame for using a Windows Phone?
  • You guys.......
  • Duh, I mean... Who wants to use a Windows PHONE? lol gtfo nerd
  • I think he just did. I guess its official. WC EIC says WP is lame. Time we pack it up.
  • So Daniel, You think that people that use Windows Phones are lame then? Can't wait to hear your response!    
  • This should probably be my third comment on this platform, but I had to this time. The stupidity of your comment is mind boggling. For someone who is an Editor on Windows Central, this comment warrants you being fired.
  • Last time he told Bear Grills that he is not allowed to use a smartphone... So that leaves?.....
  • Haha, Right! LOL
  • Hopefully we can get a president that isn't a democrat or republican someday.
  • Yeah... Someone who actually thinks for themselves and works on all issues... Not just the issues his/her political party backs/supports.
  • you can get a president like that but then you have senate and house of rep who are deep in the pocket books of corp america to deal with.  so you are still screwed.
  • True enough, but it's a start at least.
  • You couldn't pay me enough to watch Obama make a speech smh
  • Well, since there wasn't even an offer....
  • +1 Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Why are you scratching your head? Are you confused on whether someone could actually pay you enough?
  • Jacob you are so right, this loser can't leave office quick enough.
  • Lol. U republicans are hilarious.
  • Is Obama still using a BB...?
  • Nearly every politician around the world uses BB for thier phone.
  • Merkle uses a Nokia feature phone lol Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I didn't think Obama and BiBi were getting along all that well.
  • Maybe he can convince the Pres to use a windows phone. Maybe that will start a trend! Hehe.
  • Knowing him, he is probably going to show him how well Office and Cortana works on iOS and Android.
  • Good to hear this. Sometimes I feel that the Obamas cozy up to Schmidt and Co. too much.
  • Pinky and the brain...
  • Love it
  • Obama... wow... I would feel terrible if they invited me to whatever they want. Obama is a criminal dressed as president anyway, evil man, someone who wants to be a dictator passing over the constitution and everything, and then this Michelle supporting him and pretending she is better and powerful than anyone else by making stupid stuff on TVs and appearing everywhere she can. so let's hope Satya doesn't learn from these people... or better yet, he should just say "no" to Obama crap. if Satya has principles and values he shouldn't go these and focus on crap that is important like duhhh Microsoft future. instead of go with some evil people around and don't work like other people will at MS. you are not miss universe Satya, your role is to guide Microsoft not going to stupid meetings that won't help Microsoft at all.
  • Bingo ;-)
  • He's such a dictator he's leaving office in a year.  Oh the horror.
  • like I said to the person below you (sounds like you, maybe you have two accounts, oh well) "It's funny how you picked up the "dictator" word and probably looked it up the first definition in a dictionary and said "Oh he is not because he will leave the power in a year" without reading there are other definitions like "a person who behaves in an authoritarian and tyrannical manner". I don't have time for ignorants who live in a world with unicorns and pretend nothing bad is happening. but you can give your opinion, I am glad to know I am less blind than you. keep living on the beautiful sunny land with unicorns and drinking piña colada all day taking sunbaths, I guess.
  • You're an idiot. You don't think the CEO of one of the largest companies on earth shouldn't meet with the president of the US? I guess that's why you're a keyboard jockey and not a C-level exec.
  • haha, I already said why. he can do whatever he wants. like I said my opinion, my view, I have principles and values and I wouldn't ever meet someone like the Obama. ​And Satya received the CEO seat with a bow and a nice card, he hasn't really shown much why he is there yet. so why don't Satya get his hands dirty and start working for Microsoft instead of wasting time on watching something that won't help the company? And thank you for pretending you know who I am and what I do. I appreciate it. Maybe I don't get millions of millions as my salary and I am not selling a 3 million house, but I live my life good, doing what I want. and I get good money for what I do. I am happy with what I do. you want to know what I do? I craft things and has a sculpting business that menas alot of money for me. probably I get more money in a week than most people around, why should I be jealous about not being famous and having millions of millions of money I won't even use?
    I don't even need to be working on an office now, now I do whatever I want, young and beautiful, working by myself. isn't that great?
    Oh I also have time to save and take care of animals, but I dont' get money for that, but it makes me feel good to save lives, like a chick I had to take out of the egg and now he is growing up thanks to me. I don't even use computers too much lately, so I fail to see how I am a keyboard jockey, mostly if I use computers it's to check few blogs and videos for new projects, learn from other people. and to 3d work and prototype... What have you done in your life? are you really thinking money is everything in this world? are you a "C-level exec"? that's why you feel more than me? oh please. mature and grow up, you really need to grow up and find something useful in life than taking care about a simple human with values and principles that think it's a waste of time to go to a president speech like if he was the wisdom person in the universe, while he has shown otherwise. Oh maybe now you will insult me because I am not president... well I am happy not being a politician, but it sucks to be people who are that, not taking care of the people. like old tyrant kings that should have taken care of the people.
  • emi... Fox news is missing you. Get back over there quick! The crazies need your viewership.
  • You fail to know that 1. Fox news is not the only way to get information. 2. I don't even watch Fox News, I know their views though. But i don't know what they talk about. so, fail? ​3. You can go to watch CNN because apparently you are the one who believes their crap. maybe next time they will talk crap about Trump just to distract you from the real issues.
  • Yup the dictator of the United States that is about to leave. Oh dear the horror! You want real dictatorship look at Saudi Arabia or North Korea. People these days haha Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • You should thank that to the constitution, I am sure he wouldn't miss a second to keep in power for the next million years. But only because US is not a dictatorship (yet, and hopefully not in a year) it doesn't mean Obama attitude is not like a dictator, thinking he can pass even over the constitution and do whatever he wants only because he wants it.
    I am sure you are too blind, or maybe you are a 12 years old that doesn't really know the world or the US government the past 7 years. It's funny how you picked up the "dictator" word and probably looked it up the first definition in a dictionary and said "Oh he is not because he will leave the power in a year" without reading there are other definitions like "a person who behaves in an authoritarian and tyrannical manner". and then you can use any synonumous of it, it wouldn't change my words a little, it would be the same. and excuse me and "people days days" to you. but maybe you should uncover your eyes a little, and stop living in a pink beautiful bubble. But I know my words are wasted because it would be a waste of time to keep knocking on a empty house like it's your head. You seem you like Obama, well, apparently you support his dictatorship actions, not me, like ignoring the constitution and pretending it doesn't exist.
  • I see the uneducated crazies have started visiting WC and not just political blogs.
  • John Callahan brought it up. and this is politics no? or what was Obama talking about? golf? showing photos of his vacations on hawaii? ​ oh as a little note, I have been on this site since 2010, and this account is from april 18th, 2012. so... stop talkig stuff you don't even know.
  • Oh god. You people are hilarious.
  • Criminal? How so?
     
  • Cute.
  • Poor fella.  Drew the short straw did he?
  • Too funny :-)
  • I'm glad that corporations in America offer paid maternal leave, because the US government still doesn't. USA and Papua New Guinea are the only two countries that don't provide paid leave to new mothers.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zIhKAQX5izw
  • All they have to do here is use short term disability at the time of conception. It's not as big a deal as people are making it out to be.
  • Save your money and pay for your own leave.  Why does the nanny have to save you?
  • Why should the government pay anyone for time off of their job because they had a child? I don't understand that type of mentality. There are so many other solutions other than a government handout. Like for instance maybe there is an insurance (on top of disability) that you could purchase and could file a claim on after so long.
  • I dont like President Obama's policies on most things. But anytime Microsoft can be shown off for doing something above and beyond is good I think. Microsoft trying to help push Comp Sci is good and more time off for new parents is also good. So while I wont watch the address this isnt bad for MS.
  • "a revitalized and thriving economy and renewed American leadership abroad." ...
    ...
    Ahahahhahahahahahahahahah Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Be thankful we didn't invade Syria like Bush did Iraq although NATO and Libya didn't fair so lucky... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Let the door hit you on the way out. 8 years of a circus.
  • If 8 years of Obama was a circus then what was 8 years of W ?
  • W isn't the current president. Neither are Lincoln or Washington.
  • Theft of the US treasury. Projected surplus of 5.9 Trillion became a 6 TRILLION dollar defecit during GW.  Them's the facts. 
  • Im sure you people have mental problems
  • American are lucky to have Obama after Bush. He saved yo ass. On the other hand, bush sank the economy and wasted trillions only to make matters worst..a double hit to the America. Just proves how strong your nation was to be able to handle such abuse of power.
  • Sorry, but you're somewhat wrong. We were far from lucky to have Obama, but both of them are truly a testament to how strong we can be after 16 years crap. Obama had nothing to do with any rallying to our economy, if anything, he made sure it wasn't as fast as it could be with his healthcare bill.
  • Go get a clue.
  • Glad to see so many people smart enough to see how much of a failure our "president" is even though the media tries to make him look like a genious.  
  • Hey, he is a genious. He brainwashed enough people to vote him in, twice, so he could live the good life for 8 years.
  • lol, good point!  Berne is starting to do the same!
  • Remember when the Twin Towers fell on Obama's watch ? Oh that didn't happen under his watch.  Time to redefine failure.
  • You define failure by twin towers falling?
  • I'm sorry, WHO needs to get a clue? You truly are a moron. If you define failure as nothing other than being attacked you seriously need a wake up call there kid.
  • Take your own medicine I'm sure invading Iraq was the best thing in the world! The father of ISIS Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • What the do you mean "take your own medicine" Do you suggest I had anything to do with the invasion of Iraq? Or that I had a hand in creating ISIS? You seriously need a reality check.
  • No, I just think you need a reading comprehension check.
  • No, you are the moron.
  • In once instance, the country was harmed by evil-doers.  In the other instance the country is being harmed by an enemy plant.  I said from day one that this guy is a plant who is destroying the country from the inside out.  As apposed to the less successful method of trying to destroy it from the outside in.  Not good for the country or it's citizens.  So sad they were dupped.
  • I think you're on the wrong website. You're looking for Infowars, not Windows Central.
  • He actually said, evil-doers. haha. When bush said it the first time I wondered if we were going to see BAM, SPLAT and CRUNCH come up in his speeches.
  • Perfect comment Jaz!
  • I mean you really can't blame Bush for that. The guy was what, 9 months into his presidency? I mean I don't want to play the finger pointing game here. But it his predecessor decided against capturing bin laden when they had him on a silver platter. Right after the USS Cole bombings.
  • Now, why doesn't THIS surprise me?  Just one more reason for me to not like him.
  • Funny how far behind USA is in a lot of things, in the UK it's pretty easy to get 12 months paid leave for a new mother. I personally don't think it's enough even then, babies should not be shipped off to nursery or stuck with a nanny before at least 2 years old, it's really important for child development to be with their mother as much as possible in the first 3 years. After 18 months, it's not so bad to start working part time again but it should be a slow transition, because this barely happens we end up with generations of people growing up with emotional issues later in life. It would be better for the world if Microsoft and other companies offered 18 months paid leave on a reduced salary and then 18 months of part time work after that, that's how you build a better future.
  • I'd like it better if it were plausible for moms to fight just as hard to stay home permanently, as they are to stay home for just a few weeks. I'm an old man, so my point of view is the dinosaur point of view and the world will breath a sigh of relief when I am finally gone. But as dirt poor as we were when I was a child, I (and 5 siblings) benefited from being raised by a stay-at-home-mom.  Back then the sacrifice to do so wasn't thought of the way it is now. We even lived in a 1 bedroom house and the whole family slept there. Bunk beds lined the walls! lol We had as much fun as the kids that have so much today. Maybe even more.  
  • Totally agree with you, there is much less focus on family in this consumer and debt driven world, as you say back in the day it wasn't seen in the same light, I suppose though the pressure on women to work these days is much higher as well as the desire to work. If my wife and I could afford it, I would happily be a stay at home dad so my wife could work full time but unfortunately reality doesn't work that way with the cost of basic living as high as it is!
  • The problem is not that people can not afford to say home.  The problem is that people buy too much stuff and take on too much debt.  It is not societies problem, but your own self imposed problem. 
  • It is easy to forget that the government has no money.  The money comes from taxpayers.  The government is your friends and family.  They pay for your "freebies"  Not cool.  Same for the corporation.  Everyone else suffers with lower wages while you take your 12 months paid leave.  Not a very nice person.  Learn to be independant of hand outs.  Be a man.
  • I've yet to meet a rich person who has not made their money off the people who work for them by paying them low wages and grabbing all the money. Some like Bill Gates share, some stay greedy and try to keep all the money (tax avoidance etc) and these greedy grabbers then say be a man and pay for it yourself!
  • Barack Obama is one of the worst presidents this country ever had. Satya Nadella is one of the best CEOs I ever knew. This two simply do not match.
  • One of the worst?....Half of u americans are batshit crazy.
  • Those who are well aware of the difficulties in managing even a home & family or even a small organization & its personnel won't make stupid comments on the CEO of one of the world's topmost organizations and won't even dare to do so about the president of one of the most powerful nations.
  • The FOX not News CON bots are alive and well.  Spewing fiction at every turn.
  • Yup, I wish WC would disable comments for this.
  • Typical leftist. "oh no! People aren't agreeing with me! SHUT DOWN COMMENTS!"  
  • Why it's fun seeing the ignorant Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Wow such hatred for a president who wants common sense things for the people, free healthcare for all (this should be a human right), & background checks on people who want to buy guns (logical really, do you really want a criminal nutter buying an assault rifle?).
  • Exactly, but anyone who wants to take away those precious guns in USA will always be labeled as an evil rights abusing criminal in the eyes of everyone. Jim Jefferies did the best comparison ever on gun control between USA and Australia, "What if we just take away the big ones?" "Don't touch our guns!"
  • Don't talk to republicans about logic. They cant utilise it.
  • Mr. Nadella You have my deepest sympathies!
  • Gitmo concentration camp will be closed soon. 7 years and counting. Nadella has fitting company.
  • I did not know Windows Central had such far-right politically-leaning visitors. Very enlightening, considering the tech sector is known to be on the more progressive side.
  • Hey, there are idiots everywhere. Even on windows central.
  • It's just that the level of hatred is so irrational, astounding.
  • State of the Union or another misleading propaganda speech?  As a fanboy, I'm sorry to see Microsoft associate itself with such evil people.  So sad.
  • Don't forget your tinfoil hat
  • Hey WC!  Please post more politics!  I'm overwhelmed with the intelligence and accuracy of the comments.  Thank you for helping me learn and grow as a person today!
  • Just some of the reasons why I love working at MS :) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • So, Mr Nadela is that mysterious refugee who's invited to Obama
  • "revitalized and thriving economy"... So full of ****. Can't wait til next elections.
  • Trump sounds like real winner who will make the world a better and safer place to live lol
  • The fact trump appears to be doing so well is a testament to the stupidity of a large portion of the american people