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Giffords serves turkey at Tucson air base
al-Reuters ^ | 11/24/11

Posted on 11/24/2011 12:41:37 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat

(Reuters) - Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords served a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday to Air Force personnel in her first constituent event since she was shot in the head in January, her office said.

Giffords dished out turkey with tongs as she stood between Brigadier General Jon Norman and her husband Mark Kelly, said Giffords' spokesman Mark Kimble.

The event at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was expected to draw more than 400 people, mostly U.S. Air Force personnel, retired service members and their families.

Giffords was shot on January 8 at an event for constituents at a Tucson supermarket. College dropout Jared Loughner has been charged in the shooting spree that killed six people and wounded 13, including Giffords.

She is living in Houston, where she is receiving therapy. She arrived in Tucson on Tuesday to spend the holiday with friends and family.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: exploitation; giffords; service
Sorry folks, but I really think this is exploitation of this woman. And the people of her district are not being represented in Congress.

I do not wish her ill, but I do not believe the people around her are doing anything but allowing her public appearances to be used for public relations, not gpvernance.

And the press, the so-called objective press, doesn't seem interested in the governing part of the job of a representative.

Am I alone? How do the people of the district believe?

1 posted on 11/24/2011 12:41:43 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat

I think it’s a very sensitive subject to talk about whether her constituents are really being represented in Congress as she undergoes her recuperation.

Yes, her serving Thanksgiving dinner at the base is a photo op and a publicity event.

The media does not want to delve into whether she is capable of doing her job in Congress.


2 posted on 11/24/2011 12:48:02 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Recovering_Democrat

“Sorry folks, but I really think this is exploitation of this woman. And the people of her district are not being represented in Congress.”

Agreed. My exact thoughts also.


3 posted on 11/24/2011 12:48:43 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer) (")
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To: Recovering_Democrat

These people elected a pro-abortion Democrat. What such voters believe is essentially emotionally-driven and has little to do with sentient human thinking.


4 posted on 11/24/2011 12:48:57 PM PST by Carl Vehse
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To: Recovering_Democrat

I think it sucks, but I thought she was a Pelosi-puppet before her head injury...just more so now.


5 posted on 11/24/2011 12:49:38 PM PST by Mr Rogers ("they found themselves made strangers in their own country")
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To: Recovering_Democrat
I live in her district, and to be honest, my representation is the same as it was before she was hurt. If I call or email, I will get a "we understand your concern" form letter in return. If she were able to vote, she would be voting 90% Left anyway.

The Dims don't care if she can vote, due to the Repub majority in the House. As it is, they can use her for advertising purposes, and don't have to worry about a Repub grabbing the seat.

If she runs again, it's quite possible she could win on an emotion-based vote in this district. Lots of flaming libs. The mediots can do a good job of hiding any cognitive problems she might have, by issuing press releases from her office, and by telling us what she thinks and says, without sticking cameras and mikes in her face. Accompany that with archive videos of her smiling and glad-handing with supporters, and there you go.

6 posted on 11/24/2011 12:53:37 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: Recovering_Democrat

It’s not about serving the district....They are keeping her name in the news for a reason. I think she will run (and probably win) the Senate seat up for grabs in 2012 purely on emotional voters.


7 posted on 11/24/2011 12:54:31 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: Recovering_Democrat

It’ll be even worse next year.

I fully expect the ‘rats and the ‘rat-run media to drag her around the campaign trails, prop her up on the stage and let her utter a few words and revive the false-storyline that it was the Republicans that caused her to be shot.

Who knows whether or not she will even be able to completely understand what they are doing to her.


8 posted on 11/24/2011 12:54:49 PM PST by digger48
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To: Recovering_Democrat

She is the same kind of political whore as the Missouri Carnahans, who bootstrapped a plane crash into political offices for all of them and millions of stimulus dollars into their pockets.


9 posted on 11/24/2011 12:55:35 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The very idea of a community organizer is to stir up a mob for some political purpose." Ann Coulter)
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To: Carl Vehse; Recovering_Democrat

She barely won this last go-around, and that was only after a week of counting votes. We all know how the Left makes ballots magically appear. Her opponent won on Election Day itself, by something like 56%.

She refused to have a debate until after the early ballot cutoff, and those are the ballots that eventually let her win. Again, barely, and only because the Pravda press had always anointed her as a saint.

If she or her puppet-master jerk-of-a-husband had any integrity, she would resign.


10 posted on 11/24/2011 12:56:19 PM PST by Borax Queen
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To: Recovering_Democrat
The left would drag their dead grandmother's corpse through the street if there were votes in them.
11 posted on 11/24/2011 12:56:25 PM PST by RetiredArmy (The End of Days draws near. In this time, you should be drawing closer to the Lord Jesus Christ.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
they are pushing her hard to get back into politics. She is looking better and better but with stress she is very apt to have a serious relapse.

I have known several people who recovered well from brain injuries but it was a long process, with some set-backs along the way.

The other thing I wonder about is whether or not this advanced treatment she is receiving is available to GIs with similar injuries. I hope it is.

12 posted on 11/24/2011 12:59:24 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Does she know what a turkey is????
13 posted on 11/24/2011 1:00:05 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: FlyVet

They even moved her office out of the way, Pima and Swan was too central and visible. We’d be able to tell that she was never in her office or in her district (like most of us already knew even before January).

Her office does all the fake Facebook posts too, to make it seem like she’s the one writing. Then, they paste together audio tapes to make it seem like she’s speaking in paragraphs again.

The whole thing is one big hoax, and the idiot leftists who live in this district have lapped it all up.


14 posted on 11/24/2011 1:01:55 PM PST by Borax Queen
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Giffords dished out turkey with tongs

Oh, for crying out loud....and later this afternoon, she's going to be spoonfed herself.

15 posted on 11/24/2011 1:04:33 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama Voters: Jose Baez wants YOU for his next jury pool.......)
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To: elpadre
The other thing I wonder about is whether or not this advanced treatment she is receiving is available to GIs with similar injuries. I hope it is.

I doubt it. Their ghost writer wrote that Giffords has seen other people, including vets, dropped by their insurance, at the hospital where she is.

Anyone who were coached and trained daily, the way she is, could have a chance to sound as good as she does (relatively).

She had zero compassion or concern when the vast majority of the people in her district (based on phone calls, town halls, protests, and emails) opposed Communist Care. She, the elite, knew much better than we did.

Now, she's receiving the finest care in the world. It's the kind none of the rest of us (mere taxpaying peasants) will ever, ever, ever get -- since she helped corral us into DeathCare.

16 posted on 11/24/2011 1:08:06 PM PST by Borax Queen
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Very moving on this Thanksgiving.


17 posted on 11/24/2011 1:08:44 PM PST by CainConservative
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To: digger48
prop her up on the stage and let her utter a few words and revive the false-storyline that it was the Republicans that caused her to be shot.

Exactly. The libs are trying to remind their voters that Republicans are an existential threat to them. Nevermind that it's a bogus claim.

18 posted on 11/24/2011 1:08:55 PM PST by matt1234 (Bring back the HUAC.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
“She is living in Houston.........”

Wasn't she living in Houston before the shooting? How much time did she reside in the District before? I recall reading she only came back to her district for these street corner town meetings.

19 posted on 11/24/2011 1:10:18 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Borax Queen

Has anyone not in her inner circle seen her talk, or think through an answer?


20 posted on 11/24/2011 1:11:25 PM PST by null and void (This is day 1038 of America's vacation from reality.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Give me a break! Who came up with this load? The commie ‘RATS are really going after the military and NASCAR vote (the “bitter clingers”) this year. I wonder what’s up. Their internal polls must be worse than anybody has imagined.


21 posted on 11/24/2011 1:11:55 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: RetiredArmy
@11: "The left would drag their dead grandmother's corpse through the street if there were votes in them."

No need to drag grandma's corpse through the streets. She and her fellow horizontal residents likely vote several times the straight (so to speak) Demonrat party ticket in several Chicago precincts and elsewhere already, whether grandma ever lived there or not.

22 posted on 11/24/2011 1:12:11 PM PST by Carl Vehse
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To: null and void

No. It’s all “she said [this]” and “she said [that].”

She wouldn’t even talk to us before the shooting, until finally forced to hold three real town halls (as opposed to “Congress on the Corner” or highly-controlled phone meetings — that her staff lied about too, claiming those were townhalls).

Now, she can “write” books, pose for “People,” do interviews, but not talk to her employers, we the taxpayers. Ever.


23 posted on 11/24/2011 1:15:22 PM PST by Borax Queen
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To: Recovering_Democrat
You're alone. It wasn't her fault she was shot in the head by a madman, and it's not her responsibility to leave office. Besides, she was one of the SANE Democrats who voted against Pelosi as Speaker.
24 posted on 11/24/2011 1:22:24 PM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, serve my country, love my wife and daughter, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
ABC's Diane Sawyer has done countless stories on the evening news about her. To the point I'm commenting to my wife ... What? Not this Giffords thing again? Give me a break.
25 posted on 11/24/2011 1:23:58 PM PST by BluH2o
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Sick minds think alike.
She should retire but they will run her just to keep the seat safely in dem hands.
Even though the majority in her district say she shouldn’t.

Also while you were marching in Broward my family and I were at the Supervisor of elections in W. Palm Beach doing likewise.
Hanging chad my ass.


26 posted on 11/24/2011 1:28:14 PM PST by Joe Boucher (FUBO ya quota boy ( Real conservative or go fish, Sooo, that leaves you out Mitt))
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To: org.whodat
"Does she know what a turkey is???? "

Did she at least ask them if they wanted "toast" with their turkey?

27 posted on 11/24/2011 1:31:31 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Borax Queen

Did I read somewhere that someone else had thrown their hat in the ring? Another dem and his fellow dems were aghast that he would think of running against giffords?

This is an injustice for her constituents. They are not being represented. I know someone who had a TBI and it was not pretty. The only part of her left that was her true self was her body. Her mind and everything she was before her injury was gone.


28 posted on 11/24/2011 1:35:21 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Recovering_Democrat
She is now a hero of sorts with guaranteed reelection for as long as she wishes, much like Ted Kennedy or Robert Byrd.

She suffered through a remarkable event and survived. That doesn't make a difference to her ultra liberal environmental nonsense. I wish her the best, physically. But that and this is where my compassion for her ends.

29 posted on 11/24/2011 1:41:45 PM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Someone did, you’re right. It was quickly covered up.

For awhile, there was an online petition circulating to replace her (even with another Dem, just someone to “represent” us).

Boy, you should have seen the leftist media have a witch hunt with that one. They all but threatened to go to the signers’ houses, hunt them down in their businesses, do everything they could to destroy their lives. All for signing a petition.


30 posted on 11/24/2011 1:43:06 PM PST by Borax Queen
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To: mass55th

Or, “chicken, chicken, chicken.”


31 posted on 11/24/2011 1:43:49 PM PST by Borax Queen
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Geez you people are harsh. The woman has been through hell, who gives a damn what political party she belongs to? For crying out loud if if were your mother, daughter, or sister having a chance to get out and relive some small part of their old life would you like this kind of commentary?


32 posted on 11/24/2011 2:00:01 PM PST by bigbob
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To: jakerobins

you don’t live in AZ, no dem has any shot at winning any state wide office after the way the fed.gov has treated our state over the last 4 years. they may win their gerrymandered districts, but that’s about it.


33 posted on 11/24/2011 2:26:31 PM PST by Jeff Vader
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To: bigbob

Amen. There are some really jaded and cruel people here.


34 posted on 11/24/2011 2:39:23 PM PST by PjhCPA (Anybody but Obama or Romney)
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To: jakerobins

Senator? A blubbering brain damaged idiot in the senate?
Oh well, she wil give Harry Reid some company!


35 posted on 11/24/2011 2:39:35 PM PST by 9422WMR
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Given her leanings I prefer her NOT voting in Congress.


36 posted on 11/24/2011 2:50:32 PM PST by discostu (How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today)
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To: jakerobins

I know her district well, and she does not stand a shot in Hell of winning the Senate seat. As for running for Congress again, if she can stand up and say a few words without drooling the Democrats will run her. It is common knowledge that her staff will do anything to keep her in Washington. Who wants to give up that payday? She barely kept her seat last time, and everyone in southern Arizona is waiting to see how the districts will be rejiggered before placing their bets.


37 posted on 11/24/2011 3:33:39 PM PST by Melchior
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To: Melchior

Obama was at the Air Force base?


38 posted on 11/24/2011 3:39:22 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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Giffords went on the local PBS station to spew hate about the people protesting her policies, so, yes, some of us are “jaded.” Giffords called CommieCare protestors “angry mobs” and accused us, just like her puppeteer Pelosi — falsely — of “carrying”swastikas.”

These are but two tiny examples. She wasn’t the saint the Pravda press painted her to be.

One really has to either live here or have followed things closely to understand the fascist/Communist sort of person we’re dealing with. One certainly can’t believe the tripe they’re replaying in the media.

Giffords declared war on ordinary, patriotic Americans, so I’m very sorry that it’s hard to muster up enthusiasm for her to return to office and continue acting that way. Or, to fall over backwards and kiss the ground that she’s “serving” turkey. She never served the bulk of her constituents on CommieCare or many other issues, only a very narrow leftist clique.

She also continually claimed she was afraid — so should have requested a sheriff’s presence, or private police protection, instead of endangering all those people.


39 posted on 11/24/2011 3:40:32 PM PST by Borax Queen
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To: Recovering_Democrat
She blamed Palin the other day for her being shot... she lied about a surveyor mark on a map online... it was not cross hairs of a sniper scope as this woman claimed... at least stephanoloplis reported it that way. It may not be PC but... screw her. I hope she gets well and some Conservative runs against her and takes her seat away and puts her on obama's unemployment line.

LLS

40 posted on 11/24/2011 4:09:12 PM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
"Am I alone? How do the people of the district believe? "

I wouldn't know how many agree with you, probably some, but I feel like it is a matter solely between herself and her constituents, her medical team, and her family and husband. I have a feeling that it is probably something that she wants to do, and that her medical advisors approved, or even reccommended the event.

41 posted on 11/24/2011 4:51:34 PM PST by matthew fuller (I stand with Leroy!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Is this the Huffington Post?


42 posted on 11/24/2011 5:02:40 PM PST by kenavi (1% of the 1% were born in the 1%.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Here’s a question, as someone stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB many years ago: did Congresswoman Giffords ever serve Thanksgiving dinnner to the airmen before she was shot?

And one more thought: yeah, it’s a great photo-op, but most of the airmen at D-M can’t vote for her, since they’re residents of other states and cast absentee ballots. Just wondering...how many times has Ms. Giffords voted in favor of legislation that would make it easier for military absentee voters to cast their ballots and have them counted?

I’ll defer to Freepers who live in her district, but I can probably guess the answers to both questions.


43 posted on 11/24/2011 5:22:14 PM PST by ExNewsExSpook (uoted)
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To: ErnBatavia
I nearly spit on the keyboard when I read your comment. LOL

The left will pimp this for all it's worth. It her husband had even a hint of integrity he'd put a stop to it and just let her be a wife.

It's beyond sad that our country has gotten to the point where it's considered "insensitive" to suggest that someone who's been shot in the head isn't fit to govern. Unbelievable.
44 posted on 11/24/2011 5:27:46 PM PST by Shannon
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To: Recovering_Democrat
While Ms. Giffords is making a remarkable recovery, I seriously doubt she can at this point effectively represent her district in Congress. However, any Republican challenger will be walking on eggs if they dare to raise this question and she will campaign only through photo ops and not ever be found in a debate with her opponent in the election.

This is exactly what happened when Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) suffered a stroke in December 2006. While Johnson returned to the Senate in February 2007 his appearances were carefully staged and scripted to hide his real state of health. During his campaign for re-election in 2008 he never appeared in debates, his campaign stops were mostly photo ops and he rarely spoke at length in public. His challenger dared not raise the question of his health or challenge him to debate the issues. He was re-elected with 62% of the vote. While before his illness Johnson would not always vote on party lines, following his illness he has voted in lockstep with Harry Reid.

45 posted on 11/24/2011 5:41:11 PM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

I welcome the news of her progress. Thanks for posting.


46 posted on 11/24/2011 5:48:52 PM PST by Gene Eric (Save a pretzel for the gas jets.)
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To: mass55th

Bacon????


47 posted on 11/24/2011 6:17:32 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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