Skip to comments.Gabrielle Giffords wants to feel ‘better’ before returning to D.C.
Posted on 11/15/2011 5:00:09 AM PST by Graybeard58
Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in her first public interview since she was shot in the head in Tucson last winter, doted on her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, and called him brave, brave, brave as she kissed his bald head.
Giffords appears on ABCs 20/20 show Monday night. Its her first extended interview since the January rampage that killed six people and wounded 13.
A segment that aired on Good Morning America shows a thin Giffords with a broad grin as she talks about Kelly. Her husband replied that the word brave was the same one that came to his mind when he thinks of her brave and tough, he said. Then Giffords, looking directly at Kelly, responds almost in a whisper: Tough, tough, tough.
It wasnt clear from the clip beyond those few words just how fully recovered Giffords is 10 months after the shooting. Interviewer Diane Sawyer recounted how Giffords would discuss her career plans and her recovery, and the segment included some video of Giffords progress, from being unable to speak at all, to the point where she was ready to give a television interview.
At one point, Giffords breaks down sobbing while having difficulty relearning to speak and she and her therapist hug. In another clip, she sings into a microphone as part of her speech therapy. And in another she walks holding hands with her husband.
The television interview comes as fellow victims of the shooting came to Washington to testify in favor of a gun-control bill. They said that Giffords appearance represents a major milestone for them as it helps them cope with the trauma theyve endured over the past 10 months. About a dozen survivors and family members are in Washington lobbying for legislation that would extend criminal background checks to
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(The television interview comes as fellow victims of the shooting came to Washington to testify in favor of a gun-control bill. They said that Giffords appearance represents a major milestone for them as it helps them cope with the trauma theyve endured over the past 10 months.)
That’s where any sympathy I had evaporated immediately. This just becomes another cheap way that the Libs (as Ann Coulter gives so many examples about) trot out people you cannot criticize to push through contravertial laws that they want, that limit liberty for the law-abiding citizen.
So her district is still going without a vote in the House? Are the folks in her district okay with that? And has anyone ever asked her why she never insisted on police protection for herself and her constituents at her public appearance?
This is really the central point of this “emo” piece.
I’ll tell you who is “brave, brave, brave”, it’s the conservative judge who sacrificed his life to save hers. I doubt HE was for gun control, and somehow I don’t think the “reporter” would ask his surviving family members if he did or not. I am so unbelievably disgusted with the lot of them. There is no shame in using anything and everything and everybody to advance their fascist agenda. We saw the same thing with the healthcare debate.
I know I will be accused of being insensitive and mean-spirited but it seems that she can’t string together cogent complex statements or thoughts. Doesn’t that suggest that she will be unable to understand most complex processes (including understanding and voting on legislation written in legalese that exceed 1000’s of pages)? Maybe just rehabbing and living should be the best course for her. Maybe she should resign?
I’m with you. This reminds me of the Emmys (or somebody) wheeling out an Alzheimer’s-wracked James Doohan (”Scotty” of Star Trek) at the awards show. Painful, sickening ....and really, really cheap.
she should not be allowed back to her job
This is quickly turning into another democrat freakshow.
“it seems that she cant string together cogent complex statements or thoughts”.
Watch and listen to Democrat Congressman Hank Johnson explain how sending too many Marines to Guam might make the island “tip over” and he’s dead serious, then tell me that it matters to democrats whether their congress person has the brain power that God gave a goose:
So on one hand, I am told about Giffords incredible recovery and then scolded for opposing her point-of-view?
Sorry, but all this tells me is that one of my enemies has made an incredible recovery.
The liberals have a real victim this time and will milk it for all it’s worth.
No doubt that the deomcrats will put extreme pressure on Ms. Giffords and her husband astronaut Kelley to get her to run again for congress in ‘12.
If they can’t get her to run they’ll run her husband.
When I clicked on this thread, I was ready to criticize anyone making a political point at her expense.
Now, I am ready to criticize Giffords, and all other statist liberals, for being so incredibly sleazy.
These people would sell their own mothers, if it would help advance a socialist agenda.
Highly unlikely. She's a 'Rat. Look how long they kept Strom Thurmond and Robert Byrd in the Senate. Certainly long past either having anywhere near the mental capacity to truly serve their constituents.
I”m sorry to seem so callous BUT why the hell is this woman still occupying a seat in the House? Her constituents have been without representation since January. I wish her well & am glad she’s had a remarkable recovery, but the truth is anyone in the private sector would have lost their job long ago.
She’s the perfect democrat. Since when does one need a fully operating brain or the ability to string together a sentence to vote how Nancy Pelosi says you should.
Never stopped Biden.
Anyone who doesn't think obama is coming for the guns if given a second term, ought to think twice about who our candidate should be. I've been saying all along, if for no other reason - Rick Perry and the great state of Texas is the way to go to protect our Second Amendment rights. This should be our number one issue. If Obama gets a second term he will have free reign and do irreparable damage.
You’re aware that Strom Thurmond was a Republican during the final 38+ years of his Senate career, right?
Adding the gun control on top of it is just another example of the libs opportunism and control.
Of course I do. I was born and raised in Georgia. I’m a hell of a lot more familiar with southern politics than you will ever be, partner.Once a Democrat, always a Democrat......see Strom’s voting record for details.....
Gifford is unable to form sentences. Her husband cued her to utter a rehearsed phrase. She seems well enough cognitively but may never regain the ability to articulate. Didn’t like the manipulation of the public. Unfortunately, it is standard media procedure now.
Giffords barely won in 2010. Jesse Kelly, who challenged her then, has filed to run again. I don’t know if Giffords has filed or not. It’s a swing district.
Her district has been without representation for almost a year, but that’s their choice to make. I don’t know if she’s even been able to cast a vote since then.
It’s a touchy situation. Kelly can’t be out there stating the obvious or else he’ll seem heartless.
I don’t see how Giffords campaigns, let along do the job she’s been elected to do. If she wins, it will be via sympathy vote, not a confidence vote.
Maybe her constituents will realize that they’re not being represented adequately and make the decision to retire for her.
Watching the video, towards the end there was a time when she could only say the word ‘chicken’ for several says.
That was not fully reported by the press. When she was asked about President George W. Bush all she said was ‘chicken’. They made it sound like she was just using that word for him.
Unbelieveable. No, actually believeable.
she is being used
If she had any class she would resign and run again in a few years when she improves. This is a farce. But Democrats have no class and always feel entitled to govern. The party of socialist policy wonks
Isn’t a Republican going to run against her? This is ridiculous
“...suggest that she will be unable to understand most complex processes (including understanding and voting on legislation written in legalese that exceed 1000s of pages...”
Could she do that before the shooting?
I hope this woman has a full recovery.
Having said that, it is shameful she did not resign shortly after the shooting. She has disenfranchised her constituents from meaningful representation just so she can hang onto power.
I hope Jesse Kelly runs against her again. Unfortunately, she might be reelected by a “sympathy vote” from the ever increasing group of sheeple voters.
Is that a requirement to be a demonRAT congress critter?
So you’re saying that it was the Democrats who pushed for Strom Thurmond’s reelection at the ages of 81, 87 and 93? Okey, dokey.
There are a lot of examples (apart from Robert Byrd) of Democrats sending politicians that are way past their expiration date back to Washington—Dan Inouye, John Dingell, Charles Rangel, Carl Hayden, Claude Pepper, Jamie Whitten, Jack Brooks, Fritz Hollings, etc. And as for younger, mentally incompetent Democrats, there’s always Hank Johnson and Cindy McKinney from your own home state. And you choose *Strom Thurmond* to make a point about how Democrats keep sending back people without “anywhere near the mental capacity to truly serve their constituents”? I would think that someone who is so knowledgeable about Southern politics, being born and raised in Georgia and all, would be able to come up with a second name that does not belong to someone who not only was supported by Republicans when he ran in his 80s and 90s, but who affirmatively was opposed by Democrats in those races.
What happened to Giffords was awful...
that said, when are her husband and father going to apologize to the Tea Party folks in her district for accusing them for the shooting, hmmmm?
Kelly is a dim lib in uniform...celebrated the repeal of DADT with his wife who voted for it; jumped to the conclusion that a conservative shot his wife without knowing the facts; using this opportunity for more gun restrictions...
he’d be perfect to replace her...
she will be unable to understand most complex processes (including understanding and voting on legislation written in legalese that exceed 1000s of pages)?
Above description would apply to 95% of the morons inside the beltway.
She can’t run because she can’t speak well at all. But you are right, I think her husband may run.
Thx! Has she voted since then, do you know?
WOW, i think that mightve been a bit harsh...
eff the commie bee-atch...just another commie foorsoldier willing to fight to the end, like fat-dead-ted...
the whole lot of em remind me of longshanks in Braveheart...to the dying breath, hopin to see the fruits of their lifelong pursuit of evil...
maybe her and jim brady can go on the road and do a duet, between the two, i think theve still got half a brain...
dang, another mean comment??? ask me if i care about either one of their feeeelings as they work tirelessly to kill me...???
I’ve heard that some are trying to get her to run for the Open Senate Seat in 2012! They know people aren’t going to have the guts to vote against Giffords....Sadly she will probably sail to a win for any office she runs for on Sympathy! Then it’s Gabby for President...
plus no deductable insurance and $174K or the rest of her life
Strom Thurmond was a Republican. But there was another Democratic senator from a Northwestern state that had a stroke I believe and stayed on in the Senate.
“... When I clicked on this thread, I was ready to criticize anyone making a political point at her expense...”
No offense, Cringe, but I don’t understand why you would...
She’s going to do exactly what she would have done had she NOT been shot - ironically, by a Liberal Poster Child Protege. Loughner was one of THEIRS - a PERFECT example of what happens when you absorb liberal BS all your life.
This isn’t a game. It’s for the survival of the country, ultimately, and sentimentality or “compassion” for the enemy only gets them further ahead in their agenda.
I don’t mourn, nor eulogize, nor have compassion for the other side. They would dance on our graves in a heartbeat.
And I seriously don’t give a rat’s ass about “sinking to their level” - THEY’RE WINNING. They’ve BEEN winning for decades because THEY don’t give a rat’s ass about how they fight. They fight to destroy us, period.
I took a beating on another thread some thread some months back over comments I made regarding some “well-liked” Canadian socialist that took the dirt nap. My comment was “No loss. One less socialist”. You wouldn’t believe the hatemail I got for that. Mod deleted my comment, but I still hold to it.
Not going to pretend these people are anything other than exactly what they are - either hardcore die-hard socialist/communists or Useful Idiots, and every one of them aiming a dagger at our back.
In Gifford’s case, she’s DOUBLY useful now - a Poster Child Victim that’s also a Legislator that will rubber stamp anything they want her to, especially if it’s against to our gun rights.
Sarah Brady is another perfect example. Trotting her wheelchair bound husband out and screaming “See!!! See!!! THIS is what happens because people have guns!!!”
That they are so sleazy should not surprise you, or anyone. These are the “bloody shirt” moments they LIVE for.
They’ll dance in the blood of murdered people and use it to justify more eventual murder, ultimately.
“...dang, another mean comment??? ask me if i care about either one of their feeeelings as they work tirelessly to kill me...???...”
My sentiments exactly, brother G....
She should have resigned. The people of her district have been unrepresented since the shooting.
The seats still haven’t been redrawn yet to my knowledge.
GOP-controlled AZ unfortunately does it by independent commission. Gov Brewer removed the chairwoman. They have a draft map, I’ve read Republicans don’t like it. The courts will likely decide things.
The situation with Giffords miffs me. She should have resigned.
If she is reelected due to sympathy that would be unfortunate. But if she continued to not show up to work and vote to screw her constituents that would nice. Better a democrat that doesn’t vote than any other democrat.
No other votes that I know of.
I live just outside the beltway...You wouldn’t believe how right you are.