President Barack Obama: "Gabby Opened Her Eyes for the First Time"

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"Gabby opened her eyes," President Barack Obama told the world Wednesday night.
At a memorial service held for those killed and wounded in Saturday's shooting rampage in Tucson, President Barack Obama offered the most encouraging update yet about the condition of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords since she survived being senselessly shot in the head four days ago.

"I have just come from the University Medical Center, just a mile from here -- where our friend Gabby courageously fights to recover even as we speak. And I wanna tell ya...Gabby opened her eyes for the first time. Gabby opened her eyes for the first time," the president told a crowd of more than 14,000 gathered inside the University of Arizona's McKale Memorial Center.

Obama was amongst several representatives of the federal government in Arizona today to honor those killed and injured in the massacre.

The president arrived in Tucson aboard Air Force One with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano, and several members of Arizona's Congressional delegation, about 3:30 p.m.

The president's first stop was at University Medical Center, where Giffords is recovering from injuries she sustained when suspect Jared Loughner allegedly opened fire on a crowd of innocent people gathered at a grocery store to meet the congresswoman.

The next stop for the president was the memorial service, where he, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Napolitano, Holder, and others spoke.

"I have come here tonight as an American who, like all Americans, kneels to pray with you today," the president told the crowd, "and [I] will stand by you tomorrow."

The president offered his condolences to those killed in the tragedy, including 9-year-old Christina Green and Federal Judge John Roll.

"There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts, but know this: the hopes of a nation are here tonight," the president says.

Obama describes Giffords' "Congress on the Corner" event as "just an updated version of a government of, and by, and for the people."

The president echoed some of the controversial things Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has been saying about the discourse of the dialogue occurring in the American political conversation. However, unlike Dupnik, Obama didn't attribute that dialogue to fueling the cause (Loughner) of the senseless tragedy.

"At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do, it's important for us to pause for a moment to make sure that we're talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds," Obama says.

As for Jared Lee Loughner, the president says, "we may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another, that's entirely up to us. And I believe that for all our imperfections we are full of decency and goodness and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us."
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Gino
Gino

stoller-cocozza, Cozzolino was a co-owner of a bowling alley when he went nuts in the shooting. he's a real sicko.

got some people sending you their info by e-mail on where the a-hole is.

keep fucking with him - itll make him go off, go nuts and then he'll get arrested and be outta here.

Guest
Guest

Obama lowered the sea levels,He cleaned the Air,He has been the one we've been waiting for.

And Giffords eyes open.

All hail the Messiah!

Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza
Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza

We agree, Jimmy Cozzolino, aka "Coz."

Bloggers, Jimmy Cozzolino has real issues against Joe Arpaio. "Coz" even settled a lawsuit with Joe, but now Coz gets mad when we mention Joe. Very odd.

We're now giving Coz even more reason to go after Joe, but then Coz is going to be up against SOETORO/OBAMA and the CIA. We suspect Coz is too chicken to play in the big leagues.

Coz's nemesis Joe Arpaio's not doing anything about a seditionist President using a stolen Connecticut SSN 042-68-4425 to forge that selective service application that Old Joe has been sent. Joe's got a ton of other evidence against SOETORO/OBAMA, yet he sits and now wants to "drink Italian wine" with his his arch-enemy.

Sound a bit strange to you, Jimmy?

Looks like you're getting real quiet on Joe now, Jimmy, when we have solid proof that Joe's committing misprision of felony and misprision of treason by covering up Soetoro/Obama's crimes. Here's you golden opportunity, Coz.

There's more, Jimmy, and we want to discuss that personally with you.

In another blog, we challenged you to send an E-mail to TheClassWest@gmail.com with contact information. Everything will be peaceable, punk, as long you don't have a PTSD-inspired "Bowling Alley Bonkers" relapse! Don't try shooting us, you cowpoke "Spagetti Western" faggot.

Come on PSYCHO, get that E-mail to TheClassWest@gmail.com .

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Steve
Steve

Good speech, wonderful service.

Coz
Coz

Pretty sad they all have to use this tragedy to campaign with.

Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza
Bill Stoller and Gerri Cocozza

We agree, Jimmy Cozzolino, aka "Coz."

Bloggers, Jimmy Cozzolino has real issues against Joe Arpaio. "Coz" even settled a lawsuit with Joe, but now Coz gets mad when we mention Joe. Very odd.

We're now giving Coz even more reason to go after Joe, but then Coz is going to be up against SOETORO/OBAMA and the CIA. We suspect Coz is too chicken to play in the big leagues.

Coz's nemesis Joe Arpaio's not doing anything about a seditionist President using a stolen Connecticut SSN 042-68-4425 to forge that selective service application that Old Joe has been sent. Joe's got a ton of other evidence against SOETORO/OBAMA, yet he sits and now wants to "drink Italian wine" with his his arch-enemy.

Sound a bit strange to you, Jimmy?

Looks like you're getting real quiet on Joe now, Jimmy, when we have solid proof that Joe's committing misprision of felony and misprision of treason by covering up Soetoro/Obama's crimes. Here's you golden opportunity, Coz.

There's more, Jimmy, and we want to discuss that personally with you.

In another blog, we challenged you to send an E-mail to TheClassWest@gmail.com with contact information. Everything will be peaceable, punk, as long you don't have a PTSD-inspired "Bowling Alley Bonkers" relapse! Don't try shooting us, you cowpoke "Spagetti Western" faggot.

Come on PSYCHO, get that E-mail to TheClassWest@gmail.com .

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