Let me begin by saying I only saw the last third of the interview with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly so I’ll confine my comments to what I saw and heard.
It can’t be stated enough that it is nothing short of a miracle that Giffords is still walking this earth much less conversing after being shot in the head at point blank range just over nine months ago. The fact that she has a loving husband, a supportive mother and first rate rehabilitative team has certainly played a significant role in her recovery.
It appears that her cognitive abilities are largely intact. Slowly but surely she will be in a position to lead a normal life. Then again there is little that is normal about the life of a member of the House of Representatives. Aside from public speaking, a member of the House of Representatives is on the go eight days a week shuttling between his or her constituency and D.C. It’s demanding life when one is in the best of health.
Giffords has until May 2012 to decide whether she will seek re-election. That’s another six months down the road. I’m sure she’ll make leaps and bounds during that time. But as for being up for running for public office, well, the jury is still out. Nevertheless, the decision is hers. In the event she opts not to run in 2012 it certainly doesn’t preclude her from seeking public office in 2014 or at any other time in the future.
The only thing I didn’t like about the interview was Diane Sawyer’s rehashing of the jeers Giffords got at townhall meetings over Obamacare and Sarah Palin’s target map. While Giffords had concerns for her safety, it had absolutely nothing to do with why she got shot. When you consider all the violence that has taken place at various Occupy protests throughout the country, whatever anger there was at those townhall meetings did not translate into violence. Anyone who thinks Jared Loughner tried to kill Giffords because of Obamacare and Sarah Palin is frankly a blithering idiot.
For their part, neither Giffords nor Kelly seem to hold any animosity towards Loughner with Kelly suggesting this might not have to come pass had he received treatment.
The important thing here is that Giffords is alive, well and getting better everyday.
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