Video: Giffords speaks

posted at 9:33 pm on November 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

Something sweet to cleanse the news palate after a day spent digesting Penn State dreck. This isn’t a full interview, just a teaser for next week’s blockbuster, but there are three solid shocks in the span of three minutes — first the archival footage of how engaging Giffords was before the shooting, then the home video of her in her hospital bed in the aftermath, and finally how far she’s come physically since then. She looks terrific, but as I say, this is just a teaser: You’ll hear her speak only a few words, so the verdict on how much of her personality is left will have to wait until next week. A riveting video, though. Don’t miss it.

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Good for her. She’s still in my prayers.

unclesmrgol on November 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Good story, just hope it doesn’t get used as an anti-gun prop.

abobo on November 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Did she swear revenge on Sarah Palin for using targets on a map?

VidOmnia on November 10, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Inspiring. It’s remarkable she’s already made the recovery she has.

amerpundit on November 10, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Good story, just hope it doesn’t get used as an anti-gun prop.

abobo on November 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM

It’s Diane Sawyer, of course it will.

clearbluesky on November 10, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Good story, just hope it doesn’t get used as an anti-gun prop.

abobo on November 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM

She’s pro-Second Amendment. Supported Heller in the D.C. v Heller case.

But regardless of politics, it’s an inspiration. We think the brick walls we encounter in everyday life are difficult. It’s helpful to be reminded that others have far greater obstacles to overcome.

amerpundit on November 10, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Will definitely be watching on Monday. Don’t care about politics here. It’s just great to see someone fight back from a truly evil act.

jennifernaz on November 10, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Wonderful to see. Here’s hoping for a full recovery.

Hal_10000 on November 10, 2011 at 9:40 PM

The brain has a remarkable ability to “heal” itself…Glad she has come this far and I hope more improvement isn’t far away…

Gohawgs on November 10, 2011 at 9:41 PM

God will bless that woman and grant her a happy,long and fulfilled llfe.

katy the mean old lady on November 10, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Wow,that really has bought tears to my eyes,
and I remember all the drama,glad to see her
getting better,and improving,and I think,she
had an angel,prayers to her family!

Dedication to Mrs.Giffords:)
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Real Life – Send Me An Angel (extended version)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TAyjUVR7q0

canopfor on November 10, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Again, I don’t think people really understand head injuries and the show is not going to reveal her neuro deficits.

Blake on November 10, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Thank you Allah, that is awesome.

kg598301 on November 10, 2011 at 9:50 PM

She’s pro-Second Amendment. Supported Heller in the D.C. v Heller case.

amerpundit on November 10, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Yes and she is very pro-abortion.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC.

Rep. Giffords voted against the Stupak abortion ban in health-care reform.

2009 Congressional Record on Choice score = 100

CW on November 10, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Truly a miracle.

I thought she was a goner the day of the shooting. I’m happy she made it and is doing remarkably well.

stenwin77 on November 10, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Good for her. She’s still in my prayers.

unclesmrgol on November 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Agreed.

We may disagree with her view of politics, but it is wonderful news to hear her recuperating well.

ColtsFan on November 10, 2011 at 9:54 PM

I know there were many other victims of that monster, but the ones we got to know, Gabby Giffords and that darling 9-year old girl (and little leaguer), Christina-Taylor Green, whom he killed, hold a special place in our hearts. Can’t wait to see Gabby’s interview.

TXUS on November 10, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Compelling story but sucks for us here in AZ 8th, taxation without representation and so forth.

exdeadhead on November 10, 2011 at 10:00 PM

In almost any other country in the world, this woman would be either dead or in a coma. By all reason…she should not be moving or talking.

American science and ingenuity has produced the most amazing and breathtaking health care system in the world. Gabby Giffords sitting there is a testament to that system, and how fitting, because regardless of the shooting…she was one of the best examples of the Democratic Party. There should be more like her, and less like…well…all the high-profile Dems.

MadisonConservative on November 10, 2011 at 10:03 PM

What an awesome story this is… good for her.

Good story, just hope it doesn’t get used as an anti-gun prop.

abobo on November 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Yes and she is very pro-abortion.

CW on November 10, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Go away.

DaveS on November 10, 2011 at 10:09 PM

She is a miracle. Like Jim Brady, who was declared/announced as dead, she is an inspiration. Politics aside, this woman is my hero.

carbon_footprint on November 10, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Wow. Very amazing and inspiring.

But way OT: Why the hell am I seeing a re-elect Alan Grayson ad on my page?!

Come on HA!

somewhatconcerned on November 10, 2011 at 10:12 PM

MadisonConservative on November 10, 2011 at 10:03 PM

+1

The Ugly American on November 10, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Compelling story but sucks for us here in AZ 8th, taxation without representation and so forth.

exdeadhead on November 10, 2011 at 10:00 PM

I thought about that too, when I heard that they would be holding her seat for her. Inspiring story, and she very well may come back someday, but those in AZ shouldn’t be left holding the bag until that day.

Common Sense on November 10, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Good story, just hope it doesn’t get used as an anti-gun prop.
abobo on November 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Naw . . . they wouldn’t do that.

Yeah, right . . . who’re we kidding . . . . . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on November 10, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Had the rare opportunity to hear her husband, Mark Kelly, speak in August, about the triumphs of Gabby’s survival, and some of the things they had gone through during her recovery and rehab, as well as the decision for him to pilot the final shuttle mission. According to him, her personality and sense of humor are completely intact. Also according to him, she has no anomisity towards firearms because one was used against her. It’s hard to be the wife of a pilot who flew A-6 Intruders into combat, dropping laser-guided bombs on enemies, and have an anti-gun attitude.

Freelancer on November 10, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Awesome.

Since the democrats shamelessly used her to cast the deciding vote to pass the “grand compromise”, I have no doubt they will use her as a stage prop. Lord help the person running against her.

SouthernGent on November 10, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Yeah, everybody heap praises on her. It is good she didn’t die, but now I am going to have to deal with her pro-Stimunot, pro-Solyndralite, pro-TARP representation for all of eternity. Whose going to run against the miracle woman?

andy85719 on November 10, 2011 at 10:44 PM

This doesnt happen often on the internet, but I am better having watched that video.

Jeddite on November 10, 2011 at 10:53 PM

This is awesome news..:)

Dire Straits on November 10, 2011 at 11:05 PM

Fantastic and she’s a beautiful sight, indeed.

tree hugging sister on November 10, 2011 at 11:19 PM

It is great for her to be getting so much better so quickly. But god I despise Diane Sawyer. Such an overwrought windbag.

deadrody on November 10, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Wow, simply amazing.

Ward Cleaver on November 10, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Awesome.

Since the democrats shamelessly used her to cast the deciding vote to pass the “grand compromise”, I have no doubt they will use her as a stage prop. Lord help the person running against her.

SouthernGent on November 10, 2011 at 10:26 PM

I wonder if she was even mentally competent to have cast that vote… (oh wait…it was congress never mind..)

Good for Gabby for her courage and gumption…

kringeesmom on November 10, 2011 at 11:54 PM

Wonderful!

AsianGirlInTights on November 11, 2011 at 12:16 AM

American science and ingenuity has produced the most amazing and breathtaking health care system in the world.

MadisonConservative on November 10, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Well, we’ll soon be putting a stop to all that!

I forget, was the ObamaCare vote before or after she was shot?

Kensington on November 11, 2011 at 12:28 AM

Rep. Giffords has come an astoundingly long way in an even more astounding short time. I can certainly understand why everyone is so optimistic about her recovery.

Cindy Munford on November 11, 2011 at 12:39 AM

That is simply wonderful news. God bless her.

juanito on November 11, 2011 at 1:51 AM

Welcome back, Gabby!

Kenosha Kid on November 11, 2011 at 2:13 AM

Again, I don’t think people really understand head injuries and the show is not going to reveal her neuro deficits.

Blake on November 10, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Yes, it will be interesting to see how they try to work around those in her re-election campaign. Will she participate in debates? Limit her public appearances? There’s a lot of sympathy for her here in AZ-8 (as there should be), but we need a representative who is fully able to do the job.

AZCoyote on November 11, 2011 at 6:37 AM

Go away.

DaveS on November 10, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Coming from you troll I will take that as a compliment. Hmmm

you did not say that to the person who poster her stance on guns….hmmmm

CW on November 11, 2011 at 7:02 AM

Even after the horrible brain injury she’s still smarter than 1/2 of the Congress.

And she must now bow at the altar of PALIN / excessive political partisanship / move away from the failed hate filled rhethoric of the past to be fully embraced by the Dems.

If she does she could wind up with Bidens’ job.

PappyD61 on November 11, 2011 at 7:12 AM

Her mom, “now” Gabby has a message that transcends politics. “Will you run for congress again?” WTF! That’s cruel to ask, not only of Ms. Giffords, but of Arizona left without that district’s representation nationally. Why hasn’t Gabby Giffords officially vacated her seat since she’s obviously unable to fulfill the job description this term. She’s the latest Brady poster boy girl for gun control addicts, and calling her few words (literally!) “remarkable” given the context of her duties being neglected via absence; truly remarkable? Yes, though the truly portion is not remarked, that she should have already retired to recover her life in private. It isn’t as if she has a personal need to BE “congresswoman” in order to recover or enjoy peace and quiet or feel good about life. It isn’t as if the public wouldn’t be just as curious or supportive for her recovery were she retired already from politics.

So long as she “is” congresswoman, Gabby’s message does not transcend politics.

maverick muse on November 11, 2011 at 7:52 AM

Wonderful for her…sucks for the other people in the country with brain injuries who do not have a full time Dr/Nurse/Therapist tending to them.

No offense to her, but amazing that folks think her district is being served by her remaining in Congress.

Larr
USN (Ret)

Larr on November 11, 2011 at 7:56 AM

If she does she could wind up with Bidens’ job.

PappyD61 on November 11, 2011 at 7:12 AM

She took a bullet to the brain. What’s Biden’s excuse?
She is being used to protect that seat for Democrats and her ability to do the job is irrelevant. Voters are useful idiots to them.
Again, imagine if she were a Republican. The Dems would be screaming for her to step down so that her constituents could be properly represented…by a Democrat in the next election.

Extrafishy on November 11, 2011 at 7:58 AM

Those running for AZ-8 need to coordinate with a promotion for Gabby’s NEW public/private role that transcends politics. Just as Palin’s found a niche outside of elected office to promote Alaska and her political views, ABC is but one network that would pull fingernails to get Gabby Giffords on contract to do personal cameos promoting interest stories. But maybe Gabby would like to stay local, focus on her own personal interests, and actually allow herself a new life without the pressures and obligations of public office or (inter)nationally televised broadcasts.

What’s disturbing is that what Giffords thought prior to her brain mutilation is gone. She’s a new person now, far too vulnerable to exploitation. While she had all her senses, she could judge for herself whether or not to endorse an idea, policy, program, whether to facilitate matters or to oppose, WHOM TO TRUST. She is now a human puppet, with her own feelings, trying so hard to “be” herself or at least someone “respectable” to meet harsh expectations, harsh even if those expectations are covered with kid gloves.

She’s being manipulated. That’s Gabby’s transcending message. Free Gabby!

maverick muse on November 11, 2011 at 8:11 AM

You know, this whole thing was a tragedy. There were others who were shot, some died, including a little girl.

I mean to take not a thing away from Mrs. Giffords. Her story is incredible. But why anymore so than the rest who suffered? Is it because.. she’s a …. Democrat politician?

Even in this video. it’s like the rest of the victims are an afterthought. That little girl who died, I am sure her mother has videos of her as well.

I know what I am saying can appear insensitive. But if that was my little girl who had died I might be looking at this video has insensitive. Why no special story about them? Why not showcase their struggles and victories, or that of their families or of their lives before they were shot? In this video they had the other pictures of the victims for like literally one second?

Well… we’ll see how it progresses. I wish her all the best.

JellyToast on November 11, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Yes, it will be interesting to see how they try to work around those in her re-election campaign. Will she participate in debates? Limit her public appearances? There’s a lot of sympathy for her here in AZ-8 (as there should be), but we need a representative who is fully able to do the job.

AZCoyote on November 11, 2011 at 6:37 AM

It’s truly tragic what she suffered, and heartwarming that she is still alive and has recovered as much as she has. But it remains to be seen how much she will recover before next year’s elections, and whether she can speak and think clearly enough to represent her district beyond her current term.

Steve Z on November 11, 2011 at 11:05 AM