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Obama praises Giffords as an ‘incredible spirit’

This photo combo shows U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. At left, Giffords takes part in a reenactment of her swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan. 5, 2011, three days before she was shot as she met with constituents in Tucson, Ariz. At right, Giffords is seen May 17, 2011, at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, the day after the launch of space shuttle Endeavour and the day before she had her cranioplasty. Giffords could be released from a rehabilitation hospital in Houston sometime in June 2011, a top aide says, offering the latest indication that the Arizona congresswoman is making progress in recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh/P.K. Weis)

This photo combo shows U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. At left, Giffords takes part in a reenactment of her swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan. 5, 2011, three days before she was shot as she met with constituents in Tucson, Ariz. At right, Giffords is seen May 17, 2011, at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, the day after the launch of space shuttle Endeavour and the day before she had her cranioplasty. Giffords could be released from a rehabilitation hospital in Houston sometime in June 2011, a top aide says, offering the latest indication that the Arizona congresswoman is making progress in recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh/P.K. Weis)

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.

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  1. She is such an inspirational and beautiful woman. Prayers be with you and your entire family.

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