Her courage healed a nation—if only for a moment.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 22, 2012
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Update: a moment of the night.


Statement by the President on Resignation of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

Gabby Giffords embodies the very best of what public service should be. She’s universally admired for qualities that transcend party or ideology – a dedication to fairness, a willingness to listen to different ideas, and a tireless commitment to the work of perfecting our union. That’s why the people of Arizona chose Gabby – to speak and fight and stand up for them. That’s what brought her to a supermarket in Tucson last year – so she could carry their hopes and concerns to Washington. And we know it is with the best interests of her constituents in mind that Gabby has made the tough decision to step down from Congress.

Over the last year, Gabby and her husband Mark have taught us the true meaning of hope in the face of despair, determination in the face of incredible odds, and now – even after she’s come so far – Gabby shows us what it means to be selfless as well.

Gabby’s cheerful presence will be missed in Washington. But she will remain an inspiration to all whose lives she touched – myself included. And I’m confident that we haven’t seen the last of this extraordinary American.

~ President Barack Obama


Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Steps Down from Congress

“Thank you for your prayers.”

A walking “heartwarming tearjerker,” Rep. Gabrielle Giffords—whose tragic shooting briefly united a hateful country—announced today she is stepping down to focus on her continuing journey of healing.

“We can do so much more by working together.”

“Thank you very much.”

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced her plans to step down from Congress Jan. 22, 2011.

Transcript of video:
“Arizona is my home, always will be. A lot has happened over the past year. We cannot change that. But I know on the issues we fought for we can change things for the better. Jobs, border security, veterans. We can do so much more by working together. I don’t remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week. I’m getting better. Every day, my spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country. Thank you very much.”

From a little while back, when she was still considering trying to run again:



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “Her courage healed a nation—if only for a moment.”

  1. Linda V Lewis says:

    She was so appreciated in Arizona before the tragedy. The tragedy did have the effect of making her sane and inclusive policies known and appreciated throughout the nation and even here in Canada, where belatedly PM Harper has been forced to address the ridiculously poor treatment of the First Nations People. Gifford's spirit is indomitable. We could all honor her spunk and spirit by being equally inclusive and by supporting equal rights and opportunities for all peoples.

  2. Muriel Hoeffliger says:

    Hi Terrance,Thanks for your comment. NABI is from July 5-9, 2011 in Phoenix, AZ. Please see Nabifoundation.org for more information. EVERYBODY LEAVES A FOOTPRINT.