President Obama telephoned U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords today, marking the one-year anniversary of the Tucson shooting spree.

"The President told Rep. Giffords that he and the First Lady keep her, the families of the fallen, and the whole Tucson community in their daily thoughts and prayers and, along with the entire nation, continue to join her in mourning those lost," Obama said according to a news release today from the White House.

"The President expressed amazement at the courage and determination Rep. Giffords has shown along her incredible road to recovery, calling her an inspiration to his family and Americans across the country."