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Obama returns to White House following US election victory

Obama returns to Washington on Wednesday emboldened by his re-election but facing the daunting task of breaking down partisan gridlock in a bitterly divided Congress

Obama returns to White House following US election victory
US President Barack Obama waves as he disembarks from Air Force One followed by daughter Sasha at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on November 7, 2012. Obama returned to Washington emboldened by his re-election but facing the daunting task of breaking down partisan gridlock in a bitterly divided Congress. Obama told Americans 'the best is yet to come' after defying dark economic omens to handily defeat Mitt Romney, but his in-tray is already overflowing with unfulfilled first term wishes thwarted by blanket Republican opposition. (AFP/Getty Images)
Obama returns to White House following US election victory
US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Mali and Shasa borad Air Force One at Chicago O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on November 7, 2012. Obama returns to Washington on Wednesday emboldened by his re-election but facing the daunting task of breaking down partisan gridlock in a bitterly divided Congress. Obama told Americans 'the best is yet to come' after defying dark economic omens to handily defeat Mitt Romney, but his in-tray is already overflowing with unfulfilled first term wishes thwarted by blanket Republican opposition. (AFP/Getty Images)
Obama returns to White House following US election victory
US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (L) disembark from Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on November 7, 2012. Obama returned to Washington emboldened by his re-election but facing the daunting task of breaking down partisan gridlock in a bitterly divided Congress. Obama told Americans 'the best is yet to come' after defying dark economic omens to handily defeat Mitt Romney, but his in-tray is already overflowing with unfulfilled first term wishes thwarted by blanket Republican opposition. (AFP/Getty Images)
Obama returns to White House following US election victory
U.S. President Barack Obama waits for his family as he returns to the White House after winning reelection, on November 7, 2012 in Washington, DC. With 303 electoral votes, President Obama claimed a clear victory over Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. (AFP/Getty Images)
Obama returns to White House following US election victory
US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle arrive at the White House in Washington on November 7, 2012 upon his return from Chicago, one day after his re-election. (AFP/Getty Images)
Obama returns to White House following US election victory
U.S. President Barack Obama returns to the White House after winning reelection, on November 7, 2012 in Washington, DC. With 303 electoral votes, President Obama claimed a clear victory over Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. (AFP/Getty Images)