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Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Reports: Giffords asks for toast

By Emi Kolawole

Updated 2:01 p.m.:

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's condition continues to improve -- so much so that she is reportedly making meal requests.

The Associated Press reports that Giffords spoke for the first time several days ago, according to spokesman C.J. Karamargin.

When the Arizona Democrat was served breakfast Monday, rather than settle for what she was offered, she requested toast. The request, originally reported by Politico, is yet another sign of Giffords's continued improvement.

Giffords's husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, announced Friday that he will be commanding the Endeavour space shuttle mission in April. "You learn to separate the mission from things that might be going on in your personal life," said Kelly when asked if he would be able to focus on the task at hand given his wife's condition.

Giffords was shot in the head on Jan. 8 during a shooting spree in Tucson that killed 6 and left 13 injured.

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Comments

Dallas138 wrote: If she wants to retain her seat, the voters of her district will keep her in the House.
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Not this voter from AZ District 8. I didn't vote for her in 2010 either. She barely survived her last re-election bid against a total unknown. That's not a sign of a popular incumbent by any measure.

I pray she makes a full recovery but I also hope she retires from politics. Voters in District 8 deserve to have a Republican representative and the redistricting should make that happen. Then Gabby and Greedjalva can fight over Tucson proper and who gets to represent all those liberal Democrats.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | February 10, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Like everyone else in the media, I feel great compassion for this woman and her family for the pain and violence she has suffered through. But I also feel her continuing media spotlight does a great injustice to the hundreds of other citizens -- all equally important to their loved ones -- who were killed or left disabled by gunshot attacks year after year. Where is the continuing outporing of concern by the media for these cumulative THOUSANDS of victims??? Where is the news concern for them??? The media decides every day WHO IS IMPORTANT AND WHO IS NOT -- and theirs is the true power to help overcome these injustices -- but they don't do it. The media darlings get the attention and "just folks" get the shocking headline, and little more. THIS IS A BIG ONGOING MEDIA PROBLEM. AND ONLY THEY CAN FIX IT.

Posted by: jcluma | February 10, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

To Dallas138: I am not a "teabagger", however your post is an insult to people on both sides of the aisle. Obviously trying to politicize the tragedy. Shame on you. I don't think Ms. Giffords wants to be associated with this kind of irresponsible rhetoric.

Posted by: ThomasPaine5 | February 10, 2011 8:47 AM | Report abuse

To Dallas138: I am not a "teabagger", however your post is an insult to people on both sides of the aisle. Obviously trying to politicize the tragedy. Shame on you. I don't think Ms. Giffords wants to be associated with this kind of irresponsible rhetoric.

Posted by: ThomasPaine5 | February 10, 2011 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Giffords is amazing. I hope she fully recovers and is back in the House soon. If that happens it will be incredible.

Posted by: glenglish | February 10, 2011 3:05 AM | Report abuse

This is wonderful news even those of us who are not from that part of the country are rooting for Gabby. She will make a great recovery and go back to what she loves to do serving her constituency. I predict that she will be ready to run for president by 2016 she will be our first woman president.

Posted by: rose12 | February 9, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

This is great news!
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers for your remarkable continuing recovery.. thank you WaPo for writing this wonderful update

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | February 9, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

This is great news!
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers for your remarkable continuing recovery.. thank you WaPo for writing this wonderful update

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | February 9, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

What terrific news. She WILL BE BACK! Go Gabby.. see you soon.

Posted by: CB52 | February 9, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Well then, "A TOAST TO MS. GIFFORDS!"

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | February 9, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Watch the teabaggers run someone against her that will accuse her of being soft on Second Amendment rights. Worse, yet, watch their nut case candidate get 47.5% of the vote. But Gabby is tough and she is also one incredibly beautiful person (yes, I know her and I'm biased, so sue me). If she wants to retain her seat, the voters of her district will keep her in the House.

Posted by: Dallas138 | February 9, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Bravo! We all want to see the full return of this victim of senseless violence and also to see her assailant given the maximum punishment allowed. If he spent 23 hours a day, 7 days a week in lockdown isolation, it would be too good for him He should go to Supermax on steroids and break rocks all day.

Posted by: ronjeske | February 9, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic! It may be that she hasn't spoken before just because she had that breathing tube. I know from personal experience that after a few days with all that junk stuck down my throat, the plastic irritated me like a bad case of strep throat.

Posted by: iluv9mm | February 9, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful news!

Posted by: angie12106 | February 9, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't be surprised if she could run again in 2012. I believe that would be one safe seat.

Posted by: jtemple1 | February 9, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Every step forward brings immense joy to all of us, her supporters.
She will reappear in the well of the Congress and I wish, with all my heart, I could be there to see that day.
Gabrielle Giffords deserves awards for bravery and courage.
Hooray!

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | February 9, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

This is wonderful news!!! If she has enough speech to ask for toast she can make a full recovery. I'm certain she will come all the way back to us now. It may take months or even a few years, but she will be back. Praise God and the doctors and Gabby, herself!

Posted by: snowvt | February 9, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, TOAST!

Seriously this is a good sign that she has some capacity of mind and can make request. Next up is moving around and simple sentence structure.

Posted by: Falling4Ever | February 9, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

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