Michelle and Barack Obama bring comfort in Arizona

Thursday January 13, 2011

America's first lady Michelle Obama embraces astronaut Mark E Kelly, the husband of Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The politician was one of 13 people wounded on Saturday when a gunman went on the rampage in Arizona.

Another six - including a nine-year-old girl - were killed.

On Wednesday she opened her eyes for the first time following brain surgery.

At a memorial for the victims, President Barack Obama interrupted his prepared text to announce the news.

"Gabby opened her eyes. So I can tell you she knows we are here. She knows we love her.

"And she knows that we are rooting for her through what is undoubtedly going to be a difficult journey," he said.

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