Obama pays tribute to Giffords

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Posted: Jan 25, 2012 7:13 PM
Obama pays tribute to Giffords

President Barack Obama is paying tribute to Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who resigned from the House Wednesday more than a year after she suffered a gunshot wound to the head by a would-be assassin.

Obama says at a speech at a new Intel chip manufacturing facility that he was happy to see Giffords during Tuesday's State of the Union address. The president says he was "able to give her a big hug" and tell her he was happy to see her.

The president says Giffords "just looked gorgeous last night." He says the outgoing congresswoman "loves this state and she loves all of you."

The congresswoman formally resigned after a series of tributes from her colleagues in Congress. She is stepping down to focus on her recovery.