There isn't much to say about Gabrielle Giffords' appearance last night to lead the Democratic National Convention in the Pledge of Allegiance. The moment speaks for itself.
From the Arizona Republic:
n what brought delegates to their feet
n what brought delegates to their feet and tears to eyes, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made a brief appearance Thursday that will likely rank as one of the Democratic National Convention's most memorable moments.
Nearly two years after she was shot by a would-be assassin at a constituent event, she slowly walked to the middle of the stage, and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Then she flashed a broad smile to the cheering delegates.
Giffords, accompanied by Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, waved and blew kisses to the audience to chants of "Gabby! Gabby! Gabby!"
Giffords' speech skills were strong as she lead the congregation in the pledge. One arm remained weak at her side.
Giffords, 42, was shot in the head the morning of Jan. 8, 2011, one of 13 people injured when gunfire erupted at a "Congress on Your Corner" event outside a Safeway grocery store near Tucson. Six people died.
This was the second time since the shooting that Giffords has recited the Pledge of Allegiance in public.
On the first anniversary of the shooting, Giffords, was a surprise guest at a candlelight vigil in Tucson, where she used her left hand to lift her right hand to her heart before leading a crowd of about 3,500 people in the pledge. It was her first public appearance since the near-fatal assassination attempt.
Then, she emphasized the final words: "Indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Her words were clear, deliberate and cheered by the crowd.
Regardless of the right's continued attacks and insults against activist Sandra Fluke, I for one and happy to see such an articulate and smart young woman speaking out for women and their issues at this year's Democratic National Convention.
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