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Representatives Gabrielle Giffords (left), Kirsten Gillibrand (center), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (right) in a photo taken in 2009

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz on visiting Gabrielle Giffords in hospital yesterday:

SENATOR GILLIBRAND: Well, we were very excited that we were even going to have the chance of getting to visit her hospital room…. we were telling her how proud we were of her and how she was inspiring the whole nation with her courage and with her strength. And then Debbie and I started joking about all the things we were going to do after she got better. And we were holding her hand and she was responding to our hand-holding. She was rubbing our hands and gripping our hands … we knew she could hear and understand what we were saying and she moved her leg, and so we knew she was responding. And the more we joked about what we were going to do, she started to open her eyes literally.

… her eyes hadn’t opened — we didn’t know that — and so she started to struggle. And one of her eyes is covered with a bandage because it was damaged in the gunfire. So her eye is flickering. And Mark sees this and gets extremely excited. … so he said, Gabby, open your eyes, open your eyes. And he’s really urging her forward. And the doctor is like perking up and everyone is coming around the bed. And she’s struggling and she’s struggling … maybe 30 seconds, where she’s really trying to get her eyes open….

And then she finally opens her eyes and you could she was like desperately trying to focus and it took enormous strength from her. And Mark could just — can’t believe it. I mean, he’s so happy. And we’re crying because we’re witnessing something that we never imagined would happen in front of us.

And so Mark says, he says — he said, Gabby, if you can see me, give us the thumbs up, give us the thumbs up. And so we’re waiting and we’re waiting and —


SENATOR GILLIBRAND: … she’s really trying to focus … you could see she hadn’t opened her eyes in days. And then instead of giving the thumbs up, she literally raises her whole arm like this — like this. It was unbelievable. And then she reaches out and starts grabbing Mark and is touching him and starts to nearly choke him — she was clearly trying to hug him.

…. it was such a moment. And we were just in tears of joy watching this and beyond ourselves, honestly. And then Mark said, you know, touch my ring, touch my ring. And she touches his ring and then she grabs his whole watch and wrist. And then the doctor was just so excited. He said, you don’t understand, this is amazing, what’s she’s doing right now, and beyond our greatest hopes.

Full account of the visit here


the tucson memorial service (full video)

The text of the President’s address


first lady

First lady Michelle Obama hugs Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s husband Mark Kelly during President Barack Obama’s address at the “Together We Thrive: Tucson and America” event held to support and remember the victims of the mass shooting, at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, January 12




President Barack Obama hugs first lady Michelle Obama after speaking at a memorial service for the victims of Saturday’s shootings at McKale Center on the University of Arizona campus Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz


together we thrive



President Barack Obama shakes hands with Sheriff Clarence Dupnik at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base


arizona arrival

Security personnel keep vigil as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama disembark from Air Force as they arrive at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson

· Opening music
· Native American blessing
· Welcome by UA President Robert N. Shelton
· Playing of the National Anthem
· Remarks by President Shelton
· Remarks by UA Student
· Remarks by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer
· Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
· Remarks by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
· Remarks by President Obama
· Moment of silence.

Live on the White House website (here), starting 8.0 EST

Live on the C-Span site here

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Rep. Raul Grijalva await the arrival of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama (read what Raul went through in Arizona last year: here)


they came in their thousands…..

People wait in line for a memorial service honoring Saturday’s shooting victims on the University of Arizona campus at the McKale Memorial Center



T-shirts are placed on chairs for a memorial service for victims of the January 8 shooting at the University of Arizona in Tucson, January 12


remembrance day

A layer of snow covers flowers left as part of a memorial at the US Capitol in honor of the victims of the shooting in Tucson

The US flag flies at half-mast before President Obama and First Lady Michelle arrive to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base

Marine One kicks up overnight snowfall on the South Lawn of the White House….

Ron Barber, District Director for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is visited by Daniel Hernandez in his hospital room at the University Medical Center in Tucson. Hernandez, who works with Barber as an intern for Rep Giffords, rushed to Giffords’ aid after she was shot. While holding the wounded Giffords, Hernandez asked another bystander to put pressure on Barber’s wounds. He also asked Barber for his wife’s phone number and then shouted it out to someone so that Barber’s wife, Nancy, could be informed of the shooting. Barber was extremely grateful and impressed with Hernandez’s composure under the circumstances and had been asking to see him after he had gained strength following surgery.

Native American practitioner Carol Locust uses traditional methods to provide healing for the injured at the Tucson  University Medical Center

People rest under a blanket as they wait in the line to get tickets to see President Obama speak at McKale Center in Tucson







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