Washington (CNN)Four years after the shooting that changed the course of her life, former Rep. Gabby Giffords got a visit from President Barack Obama.
Giffords, Obama embrace on shooting anniversary
Obama met with Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, in Phoenix. Obama's senior adviser Valerie Jarrett tweeted out a photo of the trio meeting with Obama.
Obama praised Giffords as a "hero" after the meeting and said the former congresswoman is "doing great."
"She looks wonderful and she's got the same energy and passion that she always has had and even as she waged her won fight to recover she's fought to prevent the next tragedies from happening to others," Obama said.
"It's a tough day for a lot of folks down there we keep them in their thoughts and prayers," Obama added.
Giffords and 18 others were shot by a lone gunman four years ago outside a supermarket in her Tucson-area district. Six of those victims died, but Giffords, who was shot in the head, made a miraculous recovery.
Giffords and her husband later launched Americans for Responsible Solutions, a political action committee devoted to passing gun control legislation.
Obama has also made a push for gun control legislation, notably in the wake of the Newtown school shooting, but years later Obama and Giffords' PAC have yet to achieve any landmark victories.
A bipartisan bill to create universal background checks introduced by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, failed to attract enough support for Senate passage in 2013.