In what was supposed to be a big surprise which was disclosed in advance, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) delivered the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention. Giffords, whose name was never listed on the convention schedule, appeared onstage with Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is a close friend as well as the DNC Chairwoman.
However, since Rep. Giffords speech and mobility was impaired following the Tucson shooting incident that nearly took her life in January 2011, it was Wasserman Schultz who took the lead in walking while Giffords recited the pledge.
It was interesting to see that as she went through the pledge, people in the arena recited it along with her. As soon as she finished, members of the audience erupted into cheers of ‘Gabby! Gabby!’, as she waved back and moved offstage.
Giffords has been keeping a low profile since she left Congress to focus on her physical therapy. By appearing at the DNC 2012 she has definitely played an important part. The appearance also acted as a confirmation of her faith, and loyalty towards President Obama and his administration.