WHEN GIFFORDS OPENED HER EYES…. President Obama strayed from his prepared remarks last night to, oddly enough, make a little news about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ (D-Ariz.) condition.

“I have just come from the University Medical Center … where our friend Gabby courageously fights to recover even as we speak,” he said. “And I want to tell you — her husband Mark is here and he allows me to share this with you — right after we went to visit, a few minutes after we left her room and some of her colleagues in Congress were in the room, Gabby opened her eyes for the first time. Gabby opened her eyes for the first time.”

In the room with Giffords at the time were Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), all close friends of the congresswoman.

Wasserman Schultz and Gillibrand talked about the experience on “Good Morning America” earlier today. Call me a sucker for heart-warming stories if you must, but amidst all the disheartening developments we see all the time, I like to post positive items occasionally.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.