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May 08, 2011

The Rev. Lee Hull Moses (CC(DC))

Back in January, when we were all still reeling from the Tucson shooting that had targeted Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and left six people dead, President Obama faced the difficult task of putting a country's grief into words as he spoke at a memorial service the week after the shooting. As thousands gathered to mourn and pray, the president gave an update on the status of Congresswoman Giffords, who was clinging to life at a nearby hospital. He reported the news that for the first time since the shooting she had opened her eyes. The crowd cheered, a catharsis after days of grief and the relief at having even some small good news to celebrate. While the cheers went on and on, the president repeated his report three times: "Gabby opened her eyes for the first time," he said. "Gabby opened her eyes. Gabby opened her eyes."

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