Obama Back to the White House as New Congress Convenes

January 4, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R) walk out of Marine One helicopter upon returning at the White House in Washington, DC on Jan. 4 from Hawaii. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R) walk out of Marine One helicopter upon returning at the White House in Washington, DC on Jan. 4 from Hawaii. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
The first family arrived back at the White House on Tuesday morning from their Hawaii vacation.

President Barack Obama waved as he arrived on the South Lawn of the White House with first lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Malia and Sasha, according to the White House.

While the president was on vacation, the Republicans talked about repealing health care reform and asking Obama to ditch Attorney General Eric Holder once he gets back for 2011.

“Well, I mean, I think that there’s going to be politics. That's what happens in Washington,” Obama told reporters on the flight back to Washington.

“They are going to play to their base for a certain period of time. But I'm pretty confident that they’re going to recognize that our job is to govern and make sure that we are delivering jobs for the American people and that were creating a competitive economy for the 21st century; not just for this generation but the next one.”

The president emphasized that the government’s job is to ensure it builds on the recovery, which requires the Republicans who gained seats in the Congress after the November election to cooperate.

“And so my expectation, my hope is that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will realize that there will be plenty of time to campaign for 2012 in 2012,” Obama said.