WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) for 10 minutes Friday during his visit to Cape Canaveral for the space shuttle launch, a White House official said.
Obama and the First Lady stopped in to see the congresswoman on their way to meeting with the crew of the space shuttle Endeavor, which is grounded until at least Monday after today’s expected launch was postponed due to technical problems. Click here for a picture of the president meeting with the shuttle crew.
On his way into the room where he met with Giffords, Obama greeted her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, outside in the corridor. “I bet you were hoping to see a rocket launch today,” Kelly told Obama. The president replied, “We were hoping to see you.”