Congresswoman Giffords is alive and well and tweeting photos of birthday cake

Yesterday was the birthday of astronaut Mark Kelly, husband to Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is recovering in Texas after being shot in January. Kelly has a twin brother, Scott, who coincidentally also had a birthday yesterday. Giffords tweeted birthday wishes to both of them and thanked her hospital for the cake they gave her husband. “Happy Birthday @ShuttleCDRKelly & @StationCDRKelly! Thanks for the cake @houstonhospital,” Giffords tweeted, the first words she has spoken publicly since the shooting.

As always, we send nothing but good wishes to the congresswoman as she continues her apparently quite remarkable recovery. She’s an inspiration and I hope we’ll hear more from her very soon.

Also, that cake looks delicious.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at

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