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Jan. 25 – President Barack Obama gave the annual State of the Union address, outlining goals for the country in the next year. Obama gave a more centrist speech than last year, hoping to create a conciliatory tone in the wake of Rep. Giffords's shooting and the Republican's recent control of the House. Obama suggested working with Republicans to improve Health Care instead of defending his stance. He proposed a freeze on domestic spending in an attempt to reduce the nation's deficit and promoted uniting to meet the challenge of global competition.
Jan. 21 - After 13 days of treatment at Tucson, Arizona's University Medical Center, Representative Gabrielle Giffords traveled to a new hospital in Houston, Texas to begin the rehabilitation process. An ambulance carried Giffords from the Tucson hospital to an Air Force Base, where a private jet brought her to a Houston airport. From there helicopters delivered Giffords and family to the Roof of Memorial Hermann hospital, which has a renowned Institute for Rehabilitation and Research. Groups of well-wishers lined the streets of Tucson to cheer for Giffords as she passed in the ambulance. It will take Giffords at least four to six months to recover.
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