Washington — Smiling and cheerful, fussing with her interviewer's hair and nestled in the arms of her husband, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords displayed remarkable progress from the shocking images of her the day after she was shot in the forehead outside a Tucson supermarket.
But she still struggled to form complete sentences and said, with her husband's help, that she wouldn't return to Congress until she was "better."
Giffords, 41, appeared Monday on ABC in her first public interview since being shot on Jan. 8 while meeting with constituents. The interview showed a woman who appeared confident and determined, but still far from able to carry on a detailed conversation.
When it came to her political future, Diane Sawyer tried to get Giffords to summarize her current mindset, asking the Arizona Democrat whether she was thinking she would return to Congress if she got better.
"And that's where you're at right now? Sawyer asked. "Yes, yes, yes," Giffords replied.