Mourning and Hope in Tucson Aftermath
The grieving parents of the littlest victim arrive at church for the funeral.
9-year-old Christina Taylor Green's family walk under an American flag recovered from ground zero on 9-11, the day Christina was born.
INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret reports from the church which seats 1,500. It was standing room only inside. Among the mourners were students from Christina's third grade class and members of her church choir where she sang every week.
President Obama paid tribute to Christina during his stirring speech last night, saying, "I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it."
The President teared up as he described the little girl, who was the same age as his youngest daughter Sasha.
Obama's revelation about Congresswoman Gabby Giffords's condition is the talk of the nation when he said, "Gabby opened her eyes for the first time."
The First Lady gripped the hand of Gabby's husband, astronaut Mark Kelly.
President Obama continued, saying, "She knows we are here. She knows that we love her, and she knows that we are rooting for her through what is undoubtedly going to be a difficult journey."
New details are emerging about that magical moment inside the Congresswoman's hospital room. Two of Giffords's best friends in Congress were there: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida. Joining them was former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
On The Early Show, Gillibrand said, "It was just unbelievable and indescribable, the hope and the courage and the strength that exuded from her and all of us around her who love her so much."
Wasserman Schultz said, "Mark, the first thing that he asked her to do was, you know, 'Gabby, give me a thumbs up if you can see me.' And then he said, 'Touch my ring if you can hear me,' and she did. She touched his ring, she was rubbing his hand, and then, she couldn't get the thumb, but the whole arm (went up)."
Gabby tried to hug her husband, who has been at her side giving comfort since the shooting.
At a press conference, one of Gabby's doctors said, "Last night she was beginning to open her eyes with nothing more than the TV on in the room, and maybe it was that the TV was tuned to the President's memorial."
Today her miraculous recuperation continues. She sat up in bed and moved both her legs.
INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret spoke with Daniel Hernandez, the hero intern who administered medical aid to Gabby after she was shot in the head.
President Obama said, "Daniel, I'm sorry, you may deny it, but we've decided that you are a hero because you ran through the chaos to minister to your boss and tended to her wounds and helped keep her alive."
Hernandez recieved one of many rousing standing ovations from the crowd of 27,000.
Moret asked Hernandez, "What was your reaction to the tone of the event?"
Hernandez said, "I think going into it, a lot of us were filled with sadness. However, by the time a lot us left, we realized it was a celebration of life."