Mark Kelly

  • Aired:  11/15/11
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Astronaut Mark Kelly talks about co-writing "Gabby" with his wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and provides an update on her progress. (6:56)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK, MY GUEST

TONIGHT, HE WAS A CAPTAIN IN THE

UNITED STATES NAVY.

HE WAS AN ASTRONAUT.

HIS NEW BOOK WHICH HE COWROTE

WITH HIS WIFE ARIZONA

CONGRESSWOMAN GABRIELLE GIFFORDS

IS CALLED "GABBY, A STORY OF

COURAGE AND HOPE."

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM

MARK KELLY.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

SO NICE TO SEE YOU, THANK YOU

FOR JOINING US.

>> GREAT TO BE HERE.

>> Jon: THE BOOK IS CALLED

"GABBY, A STORY OF COURAGE AND

HOPE."

I HAVE TO TELL YOU, I'M READING

THE BOOK AND THE TEMPTATION IS,

YOU KNOW, YOU'RE AN ASTRONAUT

WHO MARRIES A CONGRESSWOMAN.

THE TEMPTATION IS TO SKIP THE

ROUGH PARTS, THE TRAGEDY, AND

READ IT AS A FAIRY TALE.

BECAUSE IT IS IN SOME RESPECTS A

REMARKABLE LOVE STORY BETWEEN

TWO EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE.

>> WELL, THANK YOU.

BUT WE TRIED TO INCLUDE ALL THE

PARTS SO... YOU KNOW, I THINK

GABBY'S HAPPY WITH HOW IT CAME

OUT AND IT'S... YOU KNOW, WE'RE

HAPPY WITH THE BOOK.

>> Jon: IS IT THERAPEUTIC TO

WRITE THIS AFTER HAVING GONE

THROUGH WHAT YOU GUYS WENT

THROUGH OVER THE PAST YEAR?

>> IT IS.

IT'S SOMETIMES HARD, THOUGH.

YOU KNOW, WE... ESPECIALLY ON

THE WEEKENDS WHEN I'D SPEND A

LOT OF TIME WITH HER GOING OVER

IT, IT'S HARD TO RELIVE SOME OF

THE STUFF, SOME OF THE PARTS.

WE'D SOMETIMES HAVE TO TAKE A

BREAK FROM IT.

BUT I THINK THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE

FOR BOTH OF US WAS GENERALLY

PRETTY POSITIVE.

>> Jon: I SAW SOME OF THE

FOOTAGE, THE INTERVIEW WITH

DIANE SAWYER, THE... YOU

RECORDED AN AWFUL LOT OF WHERE

SHE'S COME SINCE JANUARY UNTIL

NOW.

IT'S KIND OF... IT'S AMAZING.

YOU FORGET THE TRAUMA WAS SO

GREAT.

IT'S REMARKABLE SHE'S ALIVE.

>> I THINK WITHOUT THE VIDEO IN

THE BEGINNING SOME PEOPLE

WOULDN'T REALIZE WHAT THAT WHOLE

JOURNEY WOULD BE LIKE.

WE TALK ABOUT IN THE THE BOOK.

BUT IT'S SOMETHING TO SEE IT.

IT WASN'T PLANNED I JUST

THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, AT THE

BEGINNING OF THIS THAT AT SOME

POINT SHE'S GOING TO WANT TO SEE

IT, NEVER THINKING WE MIGHT USE

IT ON T.V.

>> Jon: THIS IS GOING TO SOUND

LIKE A STRANGE OBSERVATION BUT

IN READING IT, THERE WAS ONE

PART IN THERE THAT REALLY STRUCK

ME AND IT'S SUCH A SMALL THING.

YOU SAID THAT IN YOUR

RELATIONSHIP SHE SPOKE 70% OF

THE TIME.

>> AT LEAST.

I MEAN, SHE WAS A REAL TALKER.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: SO ONCE THE

ACCIDENT... YOU REALLY HAD TO

DO-- ESPECIALLY IN THE

BEGINNING-- 100%, 95% OF THE

TALKING.

I DON'T KNOW IF PEOPLE REALIZE,

LIKE EVEN THAT, WHAT A DRASTIC

CHANGE IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP.

>> BIG CHANGE.

IN THE BEGINNING IT WAS 100%,

FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME AND

EVERYBODY AROUND HER AND SHE WAS

SUCH A TALKATIVE PERSON AND

INQUISITIVE, AND SHE STILL IS.

THE DIFFERENCE IS NOW I'M...

EVEN TODAY I'M CARRYING MOST OF

THE CONVERSATION.

IT'S CHANGING ON A WEEKLY BASIS.

SHE'S GETTING BET WE ARE THAT,

BUT IT WAS A BIG CHANGE FOR US.

>> Jon: HOW DID... I'M READING

THE THIS STORY.

YOU'RE A KID FROM NEW JERSEY--

SUCH AS MYSELF-- THE SAME

SIZE...

(LAUGHTER).

AND YET YOU END UP IN SPACE

MARRIED TO A CONGRESSWOMAN.

(LAUGHTER)

>> A JEWISH CONGRESSWOMAN.

>> Jon: AND I'M MARRIED TO A

CATHOLIC WOMAN AND I'VE NEVER

LEFT THE TRISTATE AREA.

(APPLAUSE)

SO REALLY SHOULDN'T WE BE

MORE... WE'RE COMPADRES.

I WOULD SAY TWIN SONS BUT OFF

TWIN BROTHER WHO HAS ALSO BEEN

THE TO SPACE.

>> I THINK YOU COULD PROBABLY DO

MY JOB BUT I DON'T THINK I'D

HAVE IT... I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO

SIT THERE AND DO WHAT YOU DO.

>> Jon: MARK, THERE IS NO WAY

I CAN DO YOUR JOB.

(LAUGHTER)

THERE IS GOOD STUFF IN HERE,

TOO, ABOUT THE PRESSURES... YOU

KNOW, YOU FLEW YOUR FINAL

MISSION AND THE FINAL SHUTTLE

MISSION WHILE YOU WERE ALSO

FEELING VERY RESPONSIBLE FOR A

LOT OF GABBY'S RECOVERY.

HOW DIFFICULT WAS THAT DECISION

TO MAKE?

>> IT WAS REALLY HARD.

I WANTED HER TO BE MORE OF A

PART OF THE DECISION WHEN WE

MADE IT BUT SHE WASN'T REALLY

ABLE TO EXPRESS HERSELF THAT

WELL THEN SO I JUST KIND OF TOOK

A LEAP OF FAITH.

NOW, I DO KNOW HER REALLY WELL

AND I KNEW ONE THING I WASN'T

GOING TO DO IS HEAR FOR THE REST

OF MY LIFE "HOW DID YOU GIVE

THAT UP BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED

TO ME?"

AND SO SHE'S VERY... VERY HAPPY

WITH THE DECISION.

IT'S REMARKABLE HOW THE TWO OF

YOU PUSH EACH OTHER VERY WELL,

URGE EACH OTHER ON, MOTIVATE

EACH OTHER.

BACK IN THE DAY SHE'S TRYING TO

MOTIVATE YOU TO MOVE ON FROM

MAYBE JOINING... BECOMING AN

ADMIRAL AND GOING TO THE JOINT

CHIEFS AND NOW WITH HER RECOVERY

YOU'RE ALWAYS SAYING TO HER "NOT

GOOD ENOUGH, FORM A WORD, WHAT

WORD IS THAT?

KEEP GOING, GABBY."

THE TWO OF YOU... DID YOU ALWAYS

HAVE A RELATIONSHIP THAT WAS...

YOU COULD MOTIVATE EACH OTHER

VERY WELL?

>> I THINK SO.

WE ALWAYS COMPLEMENTED EACH

OTHER PRETTY WELL.

SHE WAS ALWAYS A BIG FAN OF MY

MILITARY SERVICE AND MY CAREER

AND ALWAYS TRIED TO PUSH ME

ALONG WITH THAT AND NOW... TODAY

IN THE SITUATION WE'RE IN I'M

DOING A LOT MORE OF THE

ENCOURAGING BUT I KNOW THAT'S

GOING TO GET PROBABLY BACK TO

MORE OF A BALANCE EVENTUALLY.

LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT.

>> Jon: DO YOU THINK IN HER

MIND, ARE HER THOUGHTS MORE

SOPHISTICATED TAN HER ABILITY TO

COMMUNICATE?

IS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU'RE

ABLE TO DISERN?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

HER COGNITION AND HER ABILITY TO

UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING AND

UNDERSTAND WHAT PEOPLE SAY

AND... A COUPLE PEOPLE ASKED ME

THIS WEEK BEING UP HERE WOULD

SHE RECOGNIZE ME.

WELL, OF COURSE.

I MEAN, IF SHE KNEW YOU BEFORE,

SHE'S GOING TO KNOW YOU NOW JUST

THE SAME AS ALWAYS.

SO THOSE THINGS HAVEN'T CHANGED.

IT'S JUST THE COMMUNICATION SHE

STRUGGLES WITH.

BUT IT'S... YOU KNOW, LEAPS AND

BOUNDS EVERY WEEK.

>> Jon: AND HOW ARE HER

DOCTORS FEELING ABOUT ALL THAT?

SHE'S NOW MUCH MORE AN

OUTPATIENT BUT STILL DOING

THERAPY.

SHE PASSED UP... SHE WAS GOING

TO HAVE A MEETING WITH PRESIDENT

OBAMA, HAD TO FLY BACK FOR

REHAB.

SHE STILL STICKS TO THAT

SCHEDULE.

>> SHE DOESN'T MISS MANY DAYS OF

THERAPY NOW.

WITH THE SHOW ON TONIGHT SHE MAY

HAVE TO TAKE A DAY OFF TOMORROW

SO SHE CAN WATCH YOUR SHOW.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Jon: I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT

TO WATCH THE SHOW AND MISS

REHAB.

>> THE HIGHLIGHT OF HER DAY.

>> Jon: TO WATCH YOU ON THIS

SHOW?

>> NO, TO WATCH YOU, WATCH "THE

DAILY SHOW."

SHE WATCHES VERY... ON THE

WEEKENDS SHE WATCHES THE NEWS

PROGRAMS BUT DURING THE WEEK

AFTER DINNER SHE WATCHES "THE

DAILY SHOW" FROM THE NIGHT

BEFORE.

(AUDIENCE REACTS)

SNEUL REAPLY.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Jon: I'M GOING TO HAVE DO A

BETTER JOB!

(LAUGHS)

NOW THAT I KNOW IMPORTANT PEOPLE

ARE WATCHING I HAVE TO TRY A

LITTLE HARDER.

NOW WHAT ABOUT YOU?

YOU'RE A GUY.

YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN RUNNING

AROUND.

HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT YOU

WANT TO DO NEXT?

>> WELL, THE BIGGEST THING I

WANT TO DO IS MAKE SURE THAT SHE

HAS EVERYTHING SHE NEEDS TO GET

BETTER.

SHE WANTS TO GET BACK TO

SOUTHERN ARIZONA, SERVE HER CON

ONSTITUENTS, GET BACK TOC

CONGRESS.

SHE'S GOING TO MAKE THIS

DECISION ON HER OWN TERMS WHEN

SHE'S READY TO MAKE THE DECISION

AND WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

BUT I THEME TO SUPPORT HER FOR

NOW.

>> Jon: WOW.

IT'S AN INCREDIBLY MOVING AND

WONDERFUL STORY AND I WISH THE

TWO OF YOU THE GREATEST SUCCESS.

SO NICE TO SEE YOU.

AND PLEASE WISH HER WELL FOR ME.

OH, I'LL JUST SAY IT MYSELF

SINCE I KNOW SHE'S WATCHING.

DOES SHE FAST FORWARD THROUGH

THE COMMERCIALS?

>> Jon: I WAS DOING THAT SO

SHE'S PROBABLY GOING TO DO IT

TONIGHT.

>> Jon: ON

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