Obama praises Giffords as an 'incredible spirit'

AP News
Posted: Jun 14, 2011 8:13 AM
Obama praises Giffords as an 'incredible spirit'

President Barack Obama says Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has an "incredible spirit," and calls her ongoing recovery from a gunshot to the head "a genuine miracle."

Obama says it's "almost unimaginable" that Giffords is now walking, talking and laughing. He met with the congresswoman in April at Cape Canaveral, Fla., where her husband, Mark Kelly, was preparing to lead the final mission of the space shuttle Endeavour.

In an interview taped Monday, the president told NBC's "Today" show that he thinks Giffords is "going to keep getting better."

Two pictures of Giffords were released Sunday on Facebook, giving the public its first clear look at the congresswoman since January, when she was shot point-blank by a gunman in Tucson.