Posts Tagged ‘Kirsten

13
Jan
11

courage

Representatives Gabrielle Giffords (left), Kirsten Gillibrand (center), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (right) in a photo taken in 2009

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz on visiting Gabrielle Giffords in hospital yesterday:

SENATOR GILLIBRAND: Well, we were very excited that we were even going to have the chance of getting to visit her hospital room…. we were telling her how proud we were of her and how she was inspiring the whole nation with her courage and with her strength. And then Debbie and I started joking about all the things we were going to do after she got better. And we were holding her hand and she was responding to our hand-holding. She was rubbing our hands and gripping our hands … we knew she could hear and understand what we were saying and she moved her leg, and so we knew she was responding. And the more we joked about what we were going to do, she started to open her eyes literally.

… her eyes hadn’t opened — we didn’t know that — and so she started to struggle. And one of her eyes is covered with a bandage because it was damaged in the gunfire. So her eye is flickering. And Mark sees this and gets extremely excited. … so he said, Gabby, open your eyes, open your eyes. And he’s really urging her forward. And the doctor is like perking up and everyone is coming around the bed. And she’s struggling and she’s struggling … maybe 30 seconds, where she’s really trying to get her eyes open….

And then she finally opens her eyes and you could she was like desperately trying to focus and it took enormous strength from her. And Mark could just — can’t believe it. I mean, he’s so happy. And we’re crying because we’re witnessing something that we never imagined would happen in front of us.

And so Mark says, he says — he said, Gabby, if you can see me, give us the thumbs up, give us the thumbs up. And so we’re waiting and we’re waiting and —

REPRESENTATIVE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: And she didn’t at first.

SENATOR GILLIBRAND: … she’s really trying to focus … you could see she hadn’t opened her eyes in days. And then instead of giving the thumbs up, she literally raises her whole arm like this — like this. It was unbelievable. And then she reaches out and starts grabbing Mark and is touching him and starts to nearly choke him — she was clearly trying to hug him.

…. it was such a moment. And we were just in tears of joy watching this and beyond ourselves, honestly. And then Mark said, you know, touch my ring, touch my ring. And she touches his ring and then she grabs his whole watch and wrist. And then the doctor was just so excited. He said, you don’t understand, this is amazing, what’s she’s doing right now, and beyond our greatest hopes.

Full account of the visit here

05
Jan
11

joe’s day … the good, the bad & the (politically) ugly

…with Majority Leader Harry Reid and his wife Landra

….with whatshisname?

Oh yeah! Wasn’t this guy once the future President? How did that go?

….with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, her husband Jonathan and their son Theo

… with a Rand(om) Nutjob

….looking at the pearl necklace of Ava Rose Wyden, daughter of Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore

Senator Lisa Murkowski hands Vice President Joe Biden one of her campaign t-shirts

…..and gets a hug in return. Hope you were watching Joe Miller 😉

….with Marco Rubio and his wife Jeanette

….with Senator Barbara Mikulski

….. with Senator Barbara Boxer and her husband Stewart

…checking to see if his work was done

Back at the office….

JB: “Actually, I used a Macy’s catalog to swear in Rand Paul, so his votes won’t count at all.”

BO: “Good job, Joe!”

President Obama talks with Vice President Biden in the Oval Office while National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Counsel to the President Bob Bauer confer in the Outer Oval Office, Jan. 5, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

09
Dec
10

‘republicans block health aid for 9/11 workers’

NY Times: Republican senators blocked Democratic legislation on Thursday that sought to provide medical care to rescue workers and residents of New York City who became ill as a result of breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke from ground zero.

The 9/11 health bill, a version of which was approved by the House of Representatives in September, is among a handful of initiatives that Senate Democrats had been hoping to approve this year before the close of the 111th Congress. Supporters believe this is their last real opportunity to have the bill passed.

…Republicans have been raising concerns about how to pay for the $7.4 billion measure, while Democrats, led by Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand of New York, have argued that the nation had a moral obligation to assist those who put their lives at risk during rescue operations at ground zero.

The bill is formally known as the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, named after a New York Police Department detective who participated in the rescue efforts at ground zero. He later developed breathing complications that were common to first responders at the site, and he died in January 2006.

Senator Harry Reid: “Republicans denied adequate health care to the heroes who developed illnesses from rushing into burning buildings on 9/11,” he said. “Yet they will stop at nothing to give tax breaks to millionaires and C.E.O.’s, even though they will explode our deficit and fail to create jobs. That tells you everything you need to know about their priorities.”

Ms. Gillibrand, the chief sponsor in the Senate, even reached out to former President George W. Bush. But her aides say Mr. Bush did not respond to her entreaties.




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