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Posted at 9:00 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Live coverage: Obama says Giffords opened her eyes

By Rachel Weiner

Update, 9 p.m.: President Obama, in his remarks during the memorial, said Rep. Gabrielle Giffords showed a sign of improvement today. "A few minutes after we left her room... Gabby opened her eyes for the first time," he said in his remarks.

Update: The memorial service is underway. You can follow along with @davidnakamura below. We're also carrying live video here.

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Thousands of people lined up for first-come first-served seating at a memorial service in Tucson that organizers said was expected to draw 17,000 - 12,000 in the auditorium, and the overflow in the football stadium. About 100 seats were reserved for VIPs, including family members of victims. Follow along live here.

And tell us what you think Obama should say tonight by commenting here or tweeting with the hashtag #obamashouldsay. And you can see some of the other commentary on Twitter here:

Read the full schedule for "Together We Thrive: Tucson and America."

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By Rachel Weiner  | January 12, 2011; 9:00 PM ET
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Comments

This is one conservative republican who watched our President rise to the occassion, and deliver a profound, eloquent, and near perfect speech. We may disagree (fellow conservatives) with President Obama's policies, but to deny the eloquence and decency and messages of last night's speech, sorry can't do it.

Posted by: chipgiii | January 13, 2011 7:53 AM | Report abuse

The sad reality is the media started this entire converstation. Op Ed pieces just like this one. This writer, Klugman, and a number of pundits on cable network created the fire, fueled the fire and ignited the fire. Then they expected people like Palin to sit back and say nothing? I don't necessarily agree with Palin, but the last four or five days the Palin bashing/blaming struck a new low. Many in the media need to look in the mirror - they are clearly the ones that "don't get it."

Posted by: chipgiii | January 13, 2011 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Thank you to our President and First Lady. A visit from the President of the United States to one's bedside -- this kindness surely will help her heal.

Posted by: MyHouston | January 12, 2011 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Judging from the comments here I see we haven't learned a thing. How many more people do you want shot in the streets or dead before you drop your petty differences?

Posted by: clark202 | January 12, 2011 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but when the Governor of AZ can upstage that thick tw*t Palin and show herself to be a gracious and decent American, that speaks to this hardcore Democrat. AND, BTW, can you imagine Palin delivering a speech like those delivered by Brewer or Obama? I think not.. Keep hoping Beck and the Teabaggers, cannot wait for 2012!

Posted by: mz2010 | January 12, 2011 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but when the Governor of AZ can upstage that thick tw*t Palin and show herself to be a gracious and decent American, that speaks to this hardcore Democrat. AND, BTW, can you imagine Palin delivering a speech like those delivered by Brewer or Obama? I think not.. Keep hoping Beck and the Teabaggers, cannot wait for 2012!

Posted by: mz2010 | January 12, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Good speech but I agree with others...had trouble deciding whether this was a memorial or a campaign rally. Half way through my wife and I looked at each other in disbelief at the applauses.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | January 12, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

There are no Republican Leaders or Republican intellectuals at the eulogy???

Cowards! There refusal to attend is more deafening than their silence.

Posted by: wlockhar | January 12, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Are people in line to pay respects to the fallen? Or to see The One?
Palin's "Bood Libel" comments will be yesterday's news by the end of the week.

@llewis40... "He's no fool"... Mmmm could be, but he IS a rookie with NO skills, Jr. Senator from the pristine districts of Chicago, with an economy in the tank, the int'l appeasement tour continuing, and a spending plan like that of a drunken sailor.

If this is his "defining moment", that only means that this moment doesn't suck as much as the others.

Posted by: spf_zero | January 12, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Um, is this a pep rally or a somber ceremony of mourning? Have I got the wrong video feed?

Posted by: B2O2 | January 12, 2011 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm sitting here listening to some speaker in Tucson graneloquently asking "how could this happen here?". I'm so sick of this BS. It happens here in the US because every madman here has easy access to a semi-automatic weapon. What the he11 do you EXPECT to happen?

We have TEN TIMES the per capita rate of gun murders than most European countries. Connect the dots, kids. It's not rocket science. Stop playing stupid! It's not cute anymore. It never was.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 12, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Yo Ruhu. The best thing to happen to Obama was Palin's "Blood Libel" speech crap. All he has to do is concentrate on the victims and then we will witness the defining moment for his presidency. He is no fool while Palin is basically inept. She doesn't seem to no any better and that's sad.

Posted by: llewis40 | January 12, 2011 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Just can't bring yourself to lay off for one second can you, Ruhu? Really that posessed by hate for the President?

Posted by: DatMel | January 12, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Some news commentators claim that this is Obama's "defining moment". I don't think so. Obama's defining moment came when the American people foolishly elected this Chicago "street organizer" to be their president.

Posted by: Ruhu | January 12, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

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