DALLAS (AP) Shannon Kendall's mother said her daughter was "tickled" to be one of the guests of first lady Michelle Obama for President Barack Obama's address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night.

Sharon Schultz of Albuquerque, N.M., said she was in the car with her daughter when she got a call Sunday from the White House inviting her to be Mrs. Obama's guest.

"They said 'sorry for the late notice but Mrs. Obama would like for you to be her guest,' " Schultz said. "She (Shannon) said 'OK.' She hung up and said 'I can't believe they called!' "

Kendall, of Georgetown, Texas, heads up the Family Readiness Group for her Army husband's Fort Hood-based unit. She has moved repeatedly in support of her husband's various military assignments. Schultz said one of Mrs. Obama's focus is helping families deal with the deployment of their loved ones.

"She met Mrs. Obama at a military-spouse family roundtable," Schultz said. "This was several months before the election in November."

Schultz said Maj. Ryan Kendall, who had just returned in January from a 15-month deployment to Iraq, was with his wife in Washington.

After the initial meeting with Mrs. Obama, her daughter was invited to be a special guest of the first lady at the presidential debate in Oxford, Miss., Schultz said.

Schultz said her daughter and son-in-law attended a White House reception prior to the president's speech.

She said she planned to watch the speech with her son, Sean Curry, and his children. And she was baby-sitting her daughter and son-in-law's 19-month-old son, Aidan.

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