The 2011 State of the Union came just weeks after Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in Tucson. Michelle invited the following:
- Mark Kelly, Gabby Gifford's husband
- The former military doctor treating Giffords
- John, Dallas, and Roxanna Green, the family of Christina-Taylor Green, the 9-year-old girl killed in the Tucson shooting
The theme of this State of the Union was national unity, and members of Congress decided to sit together, undivided by political party.