President meets with Giffords
April 29th, 2011
05:48 PM ET
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President meets with Giffords

Kennedy Space Center, Florida (CNN)–President Obama and the first lady went to the final launch site for the space shuttle Endeavour Friday where Obama personally visited with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords for about 10 minutes, a White House official said.

Obama also met the entire Endeavour crew, including Gifford's husband and mission commander Mark Kelly.

"I bet you were hoping to see a rocket launch today," Kelly told the president.

"We were hoping to see you," Obama told him.

Kelly updated Obama and the first lady on Giffords' condition, and then they went down the corridor to see her, the official said.

Three months ago, Giffords was nearly killed when a would-be assassin shot her in the head during a meeting with constituents in Tucson, Arizona. It was not immediately clear if Giffords' doctors - who are overseeing her lengthy rehabilition - will allow her to remain in Florida for the duration of the delay.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    I am glad he got to see the congress woman. Sorry the event was scratched....I know they had mechanical problems and I want to see that shuttle go off as safely as possible. The other issue down here is the weather. I know it is bad in several states but did you know we in Florida are in a huge drought. We need the weather that keeps shuttles grounded. Please make sure that when this one goes up, it comes down just as safely. Two disasters with total loss of life is enough.

    April 29, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Thank you Mr. President

    Don't let Da Donald get you down. You visited the heart of red-state country, the deep south, home to many of the racists who attack you daily. Yet you went there to reassure all Alabamans and all Americans. You are an excellent leader and deserve reelction.

    April 29, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. bailoutsos

    Why can't wounded military people get the care Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords received?

    April 29, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. Republican Robber Baron

    Not a single word or anything even close to an apology from Sarah Palin's camp about placing Crosshairs over Gifford's name.
    Then they try to claim it was a map surveyor mark instead of gun sight...yeah right.

    April 29, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. clarke

    Godspeed to you all.

    April 29, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    God keep blessing Gabi...!!!

    April 29, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. who DAT

    she is truly blessed. story of the year

    April 29, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. Nadeem

    Classy, as opposed to the GOP leader Trump

    April 29, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  9. Albo58

    What, no 10,000 photos for the insatiable lib masses? Oh, I get it, the shuttle never took off. Isn't it ironic that everything the President touches/endorses/backs turns to mud?

    April 29, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. Aaron

    Palin is bound to have a hissy fit about Obama wasting time with one of her victims instead of creating jobs, releasing his birth certificate, or whatever her grip is about him at that particular hour of the day.

    April 29, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  11. jerry rowley

    omg..I'm sooootired of seeing BOs face all over the media..while he does nothing...he is like a used car salesman allways selling himself..I guess that is what you do when you have nothjing to offer...but hot air.

    April 29, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. Greenspam

    Today, GOP accused Obama of socialism with his investment in NASA.

    April 29, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. Tim

    What is this media obsession with Gabriele Giffords? It's unfortunate what happened to her, but what about the people that actually died. Also, why does the liberal media refer to her as "Gabby." One would think that the reports are good friends with her. Why else would they be so informal (or what I feel is direspectful). Enough already!

    April 29, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  14. vikingslost

    Thank you CNN for the story. Thank you, President Obama and First Lady Michelle, for being there for America on the final launch for Endeavour. Even though there is a delay, your presence is inspiring to all the crew and Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

    God Bless America!

    April 29, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  15. Terry - Indiana

    I am glad that Congress-woman Giffords was able to be at the launch. She is a strong woman who should be the next Senator from Arizona.

    April 30, 2011 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  16. Jerry

    Oh wow! He realizes he's is getting a failing grade from the American populace. Instead of dealing with the issues that are affecting America; he's traveling, on our dime, raising millions of dollars for his reelection, looking for photo ops and posturing.

    Does he REALLY care about the Shuttle Endeavour? Does he REALLY care about the tornadoes victims? Does he REALLY care about the issues affecting our beloved country? Does he REALLY care about the financial and other difficulties that most Americans are facing?

    Well, his actions speak louder than words! America wake up! No more smoke and mirrors. In 2012 the power is in our hands!

    April 30, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |