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Rep Gabrielle Giffords Walks, Talks and Sings

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords can walk while holding onto a cart, mouth the lyrics to easy songs such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: and have simple conversations, according to family, staff and her doctors.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Mark Kelly said during an interview broadcast Monday on NBC that he can ask his wife questions and she can respond. The communication is coming back very quickly,” he said.

Kelly said she is trying so hard that her speech therapist, who only a few days ago was trying to get her to talk more, is now asking Giffords to slow down and make sure she hears the question before giving an answer.

As an example, Kelly spoke of a time when the therapist had three cards on a table, one with a picture of George W. Bush, one with a picture of President Barack Obama and another with an image of George Washington.

“Before she was asked a question, she’d picked up the card and held it up and said ‘George Bush,’” Kelly told NBC’s Brian Williams. “She’s a hard worker and she’s trying. She’s speaking a lot and at some level they are asking her to slow down a little bit.”

Giffords is currently serving her third term in the United States House of Representatives, having been re-elected in the 2010 midterm elections. Considered a “Blue Dog” Democrat,[2] her stances on health care reform and illegal immigration were sources of attention for those opposed to her candidacy, and has made her a recipient of criticism from various conservative groups. She has described herself as a “former Republican.

On January 8, 2011, Giffords was a victim of a shooting near Tucson which is alleged to have been an assassination attempt on her, at a Safeway supermarket where she was meeting publicly with constituents.  Giffords was critically injured by a gunshot wound to the head six people were killed, and another thirteen people were injured in the shooting.  She has since been relocated to a rehabilitation facility in Houston. 

The congresswoman started intensive rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston late in January.  The Times reported that an e-mail sent to friends about a week ago by Giffords’ mother said that Giffords has been doing squats and repetitive motions to build her muscles and walking through the hospital’s halls while holding onto a cart.

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    • It's Me Again

      She’s just another left winger determined to destroy America.
      Read the article below and see for yourself.

      Mark Beres, Maj. USAF (ret.) Tucson , Arizona writes:

      I had no idea that this Congresswoman was such a nut case.

      It was a tragedy that 19 people were shot and six died. As a result Giffords will be held out as a saint, when in fact, she is an idiot , a left wing “enviro-nut” who should not be in Congress. The media only cares about her because she is a Democrat. Had she been a Republican, like the federal judge who was killed, she would have been off the front page the next day, as he has been.

      I had forgotten she was the Congresswoman that was involved in the following exchange with General Petraeus:

      Poster-child for what is wrong in Washington , DC Our Arizona 8th District US Congressional representative, the Hon. Gabrielle Giffords, in a meeting of the House Armed Services Committee, asked General David Petraeus the following question: “General Petraeus, what are you doing to reduce carbon emissions in the wa r on terror?” Wow. I had to read, and re-read this several times to believe it. Folks, there are American sons and daughters dying every week on the foreign battlefields of southwest Asia . The nation is completely bankrupt and … quite literally, borrowing 43 cents for every dollar in federal spending. We have the largest environmental disaster in the nation’s history in the Gulf of Mexico , and we have Mexican drug armies invading our nation. And yet ….A member of Congress from Arizona ‘s 8th congressional district took the ti me to ask our battlefield commander what he is doing to curb carbon emissions in the war. Gabrielle Giffords is the poster-child for what is wrong with the US Congress. We are being led by imbeciles. To the rest of America reading this blog, and to Gen. Petraeus if this e-mail makes it to your inbox … my sincerest apologies for the stupid question asked of you by my US congressional representative. General … I am sure you have better things to worry about than carbon emissions on the battlefield. I assure you, as a registered voter in Arizona ‘s 8th congressional district, I will do everything I can to ensure Rep. Giffords is voted out of office in November, and I pray you’ll get back to business of fighting the war on terror without worrying about such petty and nonsensical matters as your carbon footprint in the war.

      Mark Beres, Maj. USAF (ret.) Tucson , Arizona

      What Google says about Rep. Giffords: Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Az) took Afghan Commander, General David Petraeus, to task for what she characterized as “willful disregard of the environmental impact of our war effort.” “There is no policy, no plan to minimize carbon emissions in our military activities,” Giffords charged. “Bombs are dropped and bullets are fired without considering the environmental impact.” Giffords insisted that she was “not demanding an immediate halt to current military operations in the Middle East. I’m just saying that battle plans should include an environmental impact assessment as a regular part of the process before attacks are launched.”

      She also suggested that the Army “put more emphasis on less environmentally damaging methods, like stabbing or clubbing enemy forces in order to minimize the carbon output.”

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