the very first time moments after he had left her bedside. Of course, the audience cheered with the revelation, and Obama beamed in response.
There's a bit of a hiccup to this story. This morning as I listened to talk radio, I learned that The Sonoran Chronicle had published a story over the weekend, well before the memorial service, in which a doctor mentioned that Giffords could open her eyes and respond in other ways. However, doctors were keeping her heavily sedated to control swelling of the brain. I Googled the internet to search for that or any other article on this, and simply used the keywords "giffords eyes open sonoran". Google immediately returned a link to The Sonoran Chronicle, but when I clicked it, the article had indeed been scrubbed from the newspaper's website.
This certainly gives the appearance that Obama's miraculous revelation to the audience was staged to enhance his image.
Someone's got some 'splainin to do!
Update: I'm adding the video below so you can watch the response of Gabrielle Giffords husband when Obama conveys this news to the audience. Even though I'm saying this after the event, I will tell you honestly that when I watched this memorial service live, my female instincts told me Mr. Giffords looked a little uncomfortable.
I think Obama may have put Giffords between a rock and a hard place, and asked if he would permit him to make this claim during the memorial service. Why Obama might do this is left up to you and me to wonder. However, imagine for a moment that you are Mr. Giffords, and the President of the United States pressures you in some way. Do you say no to the President of the United States, especially if he's of your party?
I've reached this conclusion for two reasons: Giffords blinks very rapidly when Obama makes the announcement. Furthermore, Michelle intently looks Giffords in the eye while gripping his hand, almost as if to say, "Remember, we agreed to do this." When this happens, Giffords pulls back slightly when she attempts an affectionate head butt with him. I sensed discomfort.
Body language expert, Tonya Reiman has told us repeatedly on Bill O'Reilly's program that people blink rapidly when a lie is being told. Reiman confirms the role of deception and blinking in this presentation. Finally, Tonya Reiman warns that rubbing the nose (see #4) may also suggest lying. Look what Michelle is doing!