Ten months after the shooting rampage that put Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on a slow, yet miraculous, road to recovery she and her husband Mark Kelly spoke with Diane Sawyer. Giffords struggled to find the words to answer Sawyer’s questions but – with the help of her husband – conveyed that she wanted to spend more time getting better. Since GiffordsÂ made a surprise appearance on the House floor this summer to cast a vote on the debt ceiling increase, people have speculated that she would make a return to politics.
Kelly has been documenting Giffords’ recovery – the initial days and weeks show her re-learning to communicate in the most basic forms, mis-naming a “chair” a “spoon,” but eventually she learned to speak and smile again. Â WhenÂ Sawyer asked if Giffords was angry about what happened to her, Giffords replied, “No, no, no. Life, life.”
The man arrested at the shooting pled not guilty to 49 charges stemming from the rampage. He’s being forcibly medicated with psychotropic drugs at a Missouri prison in an attempt to make him mentally able to stand trial.
Good Morning America news anchor Chris Cuomo announced Thursday he will be leaving GMA. Cuomo will be moving to co-anchor 20/20 with Elizabeth Vargas.
Chris Cuomo was considered a top contender for the Good Morning America anchor slot left open by Diane Sawyer‘s move to ABC’s World News Tonight. News hit the Net on Wednesday that position would go instead to former White House aide George Stephanopoulos.
Cuomo foreshadowed his resignation from GMA on Monday by posting on his Twitter feed: “Yes, change is coming. I invite it, honestly. All is good. Will tell more soon.”
Announcing his departure Thursday morning, Cuomo said he is excited about his new position with 20/20 but sad to leave GMA. “It is a dream job for a journalist like me, but it was a very difficult decision, because I am leaving a special place and crew and all of you,” Cuomo said. “You are all part of my family.”
Cuomo will be replaced on Good Morning America by correspondent Juju Chang. Friday will be the last day on GMA for both Diane Sawyer and Chris Cuomo.