President Obama met with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) at Cape Canaveral this afternoon before meeting with the Shuttle Endeavour crew, who were supposed to lift off today but who have been grounded for at least 72 hours.
Giffords, who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head, is the wife of Endeavour Commander Mark Kelly.
From the pool report:
Obama met with rep giffords before he met with the crew at nasa. This is information they provided us on background, which can be attributed to a white house official
Potus met with Rep. Giffords for approx 10 minutes before he came down to meet the full crew. Prior to going in to see her, Potus greeted Mark Kelly in a corridor. “I bet you were hoping to see a rocket launch today,” Mr. Kelly said. Replied Potus: “We were hoping to see you.” They shook hands and embraced. Mr. Kelly updated the President and First Lady on Rep. Giffords’ condition, and then they went down the corridor to see her.