Standing Ovation for Giffords

    US President Barack Obama hugs retiring Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as the president arrives to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on January 24, 2012 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. On January 8, 2011, Giffords was a victim of a shooting near Tucson. She was critically injured by a gunshot wound to the head.     AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who announced Sunday that she would be resigning from Congress, received a standing ovation from the throngs assembled in the Capitol as they gathered to hear President Barack Obama deliver his third State of the Union address. She was then given an extra-long hug from the president as he greeted those in attendence. Giffords, who was critically injured after suffering a gunshot wound at a Tucson appearance a year ago, said in a video on her website that she was stepping down to spend more time on her recovery. “Every day, my spirit is high,” she said.

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