Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Time magazine is out today with the The 2011 TIME 100. "Meet the most influential people in the world. They are artists and activists, reformers and researchers, heads of state and captains of industry. Their ideas spark dialogue and dissent and sometimes even revolution. Welcome to this year's TIME 100."
Among those selected "most influential people in the world" by Time is Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, with an essay written by President Barack Obama. Gabrielle Giffords – The 2011 TIME 100:
The violence in Tucson earlier this year was made all the more shocking by the quintessentially American scene that it shattered: folks of different backgrounds yet part of the same community gathering to share their hopes and ask questions of their elected representative. To put it simply, they came to do the daily work of democracy.
Before that morning, Gabrielle Giffords may not have been a household name. But the reason she has long been admired by people of all political stripes is that she embodies the best of what public service should be: hard work and fair play, hope and resilience, a willingness to listen and a determination to do your best in a busy world. As hard a battle as Giffords, 40, now fights every day, she's got a strong partner in her husband Mark Kelly, who visits her daily while training to command the space shuttle Endeavour. And she's got the prayers of a nation rooting for her, a model of civility and courage and unity — a needed voice that cannot return soon enough.
Obama is the 44th President of the United States
Note: Yes, that is the image which accompanies the article. I have no idea why.