Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords returned to Congress Monday for the first time since being shot in the head in January — drawing admiration from Hollywood, fellow politicians and fans.
“The debt limit passed but seeing Gabrielle Giffords show up to vote was SO inspiring. What a CHAMPION she is,” Tweeted actress Marlee Matlin.
Added Katie Couric, “@Rep_Giffords returned to D.C. for her first vote since the January shooting. What a moment! So happy for her!”
“GIFFORDS RETURNS Yay!!!!!!!!” wrote Rose McGowan.
“I love good news. Thrilled to see Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in DC to vote on the debt ceiling bill. She’s my hero. Truly remarkable,” said The Talk’s Sharon Osbourne.
“Rep.Gabrielle Giffords returns to the house floor for #debtceiling vote (Photo)→http://twitpic.com/5zjyjs /via,” said Alyssa Milano.
Giffords, who appeared with thick glasses and shorter hair and waved as members of both sides of the aisle gave her a standing ovation, was also lauded on Twitter by:
benparr: “Wow. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the house floor to vote on the debt ceiling settlement bill. That is simply epic. Wow.”
tjholmes: “Oh my God! Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is on the House floor! She returned for the debt ceiling vote. Incredible.
BonnieBernstein: “#Inspirational RT @BreakingNews: Ariz. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords enters House floor to vote on debt ceiling bill”
RepDennisRoss: “Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on the floor for the first time. What a strong lady and an incredible sign of strength. God Bless her.
AndrewKroll Andy Kroll
Wow, massive applause breaks out for Gabrielle Giffords, who just arrived on the House floor. Pelosi gave her a big hug. Pretty amazing.”
drienneLaF: “Reporters are racing into the House gallery to catch a glimpse of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Standing ovation.”
KevinYeaux: “Woah! Gabrielle Giffords, the member of Congress who was injured in an attempted assassination in January, has returned to Washington.”
Wrote Giffords on Twitter after casting her vote in favor of the debt ceiling plan, “The #Capitol looks beautiful and I am honored to be at work tonight.”