Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to Attend Husband’s Shuttle Launch on Friday

An important milestone for both Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly will be reached this week, as it was announced that Giffords plans on attending her husband’s shuttle launch on Friday.

Giffords, who is still in recovery after being shot at a constituent outreach event last January, is still undergoing extensive physical therapy.  That she is able to attend is a testamony to how quickly she has healed from the near fatal event.

Via Politico:

Giffords has not been seen publicly since the shooting and has spent the last three months relearning how to speak, walk and take care of herself. She has been singing – as part of musical therapy – asking for her favorite foods and visiting with family, friends, and her rabbi.

Kelly returned to training for the shuttle launch in February after taking time off to be at his wife’s hospital bedside.

Also attending the launch will be President Obama and his family.  Obama recently wrote a tribute to Giffords as part of the annual “Time’s 100″ issue celebrating the most influential people in the world.

Although Giffords may be ready for her first public event, is she really ready to start campaigning again?  Some are still pushing her as the only viable Democratic candidate to run for the open senate seat now that Jon Kyl announced he will not run for reelection.  Giffords currently can only speak in simple sentences and will be in a wheelchair for at least another three months, making speculation on a senate bid extremely premature.


Photo by United States Congress ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


LMj Sunshine

Amazing woman, thank you.

LMj Sunshine

Amazing woman, thank you.

LMj Sunshine

Amazing woman, thank you.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

It's a positive move...

Paula R.
Paula Rini5 years ago

Amazing to read about her progress thus far. All the best to her for a complete recovery.

Yvonne C.
Von D.5 years ago

Do people really believe that this woman will ever really be able to come back to work? She's doing great, but she was shot in the head, get serious.

Cindy B.
Cindy Black5 years ago

I'm dying to find out how she's REALLY doing and what the full prognosis may be. I guess of course that they really don't know. Seems strange they wouldn't release even one picture, especially if her face is basically unscathed as reported. I'm hoping she doesn't have some kind of facial droop... It will be exciting to see how far she can really come back after this horrendous injury.

And so what if the taxpayers have to pay... she was injured while serving the taxpayers and she sure deserves this trip if she's up to it! However, the taxpayers may well be paying for her overall treatment, and that would make the cost of this plane trip look like chump change under the sofa cushions.

timothy m.
timothy m.5 years ago

It's great that Giffords is recovering so well from a maniac's attempt to murder her... but how much is her visit to Florida going to cost and who's paying for it? Taxpayers, presumably?

Phil R.
Phil R.5 years ago

All the best to Rep. Giffords and STS-134.

Christopher C.
Chris C.5 years ago

Also James J is WRONG AGAIN in stating it was as he states "a left wing nut job" committed the crime. NO James, it was a radical Reich-wing nut job who wanted smaller government like most of the tea partiers and ultra-Reich rethugnicans who pulled the trigger.