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    Gabby Giffords Struggles Despite Comeback

    UNITED STATES - AUGUST 01: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., arrives to the Capitol with her husband Mark Kelly and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., to vote on the debt limit bill in the House, Monday.  Giffords has been recovering from a gunshot wound to the head sustained January 8th in Tucson.  (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call)

    Tom Williams

    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returns to the public eye this week, as she and her husband sit for an interview with ABC News and publish a memoir. But although she is undoubtedly doing better than anyone would have predicted after she was shot in the head earlier this year, she is not as improved as the media rollout may lead you to believe. As recently as last month, a friend tells New York, Giffords was struggling to express herself by phone, speaking in a shorthand such as “boo better.” And she’s not as much a presence in the ABC News interview as its advertisements suggest: she says a few words, but “it’s not a full-length interview,” according to a producer. The New York article focuses, in particular, on the enormous job of managing Giffords’s image. Before she was shot in Arizona, “she seemed as unscripted as a politician could be,” Steve Fishman writes. “But after the shooting, being Gabby Giffords, the person the public was clamoring for, was a job that required several people.”

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