Romesha's attendance as the first lady's guest was first reported by CNN. In recent decades, presidents have made a tradition out of acknowledging guests in the box, who are traditionally ordinary Americans with particularly inspiring stories. The custom began with Ronald Reagan's 1982 address, during which the former president acknowledged Lenny Skutnik, a government employee who dove into an icy Potomac River to save the life of a passenger in the Air Florida Flight 90 crash.

President Obama is likely to discuss plans to withdraw troops entirely from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 during the foreign policy portion of his address.