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The Obamas will attend shuttle launch next week



endeavour-pad.jpgPresident Obama and his family will attend the space shuttle launch next Friday in Florida, a White House official says.

Obama is already scheduled to be in the state, to deliver a commencement address at Miami-Dade College. The two-fer gives him added exposure in a state key to his re-election hopes.

The launch of Endeavour is NASA's next-to-last shuttle flight. The mission will be led by Mark Kelly, husband of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who may attend as well, her first public appearance since being gunned down at a shopping center in Tucson in January.

UPDATE 4/21: Giffords' office says "public appearance" could leave the wrong impression. If she attends, Giffords would view from a private location.

Photo: NASA

[Last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2011 12:04pm]


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