Barack Obama bids farewell to Gabrielle Giffords
25 January 2012 Last updated at 10:08 GMT
On his way to the podium to make his third State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama paused to warmly hug Gabrielle Giffords.
Congress erupted in applause as Mr Obama rocked her from side to side.
The congresswoman, who has made a remarkable, but not full recovery after being shot in the head, announced her retirement from Congress on Sunday.