WARREN, Mich. (AP) – A Detroit-area woman is getting a prime viewing spot for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address near first lady Michelle Obama.

Tiairris Woodward of Warren is among special guests the White House says it invited to Tuesday night’s speech.

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The White House says Woodward started a second job working on Chrysler’s assembly line in 2010 to help support herself and three children, including one with special needs.

She eventually began working only for Chrysler and after a year saved enough money to buy a car and rent a new apartment. The company’s tuition assistance program is aiding the 43-year-old’s pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in business management.

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The White House says her story is possible due to the comeback of Detroit and the U.S. auto industry.

 

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