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For President Barack Obama, It’s Back to the Grind

After the midterm election results rolled in, President Obama took off to India, a country that welcomed him with open arms. Over East, Obama talked about rebuilding the economy. There was dancing. There were the world leaders semi-excited to see him at the G20 conference. And today, on his last day abroad, Obama visited the Great Buddha in Japan’s small coastal city of Kamakura, where, as a 6-year-old boy, his mother once took him for green-tea ice cream, a day he remembers fondly.

Meanwhile, left to her own devices, Nancy Pelosi was wreaking some havoc at home, fists raised, noting that Obama will have to be “perfect” to win another term, and, yesterday, locking down a Democratic lineup that would look exactly the same in the minority as it did in the majority, with James Clyburn in the made-up position of “assistant leader.”

Reflecting on all of this during the fourteen-hour plane ride home from Japan this afternoon, Obama had some things to say to reporters:

And then he landed, reemerging in familiar America once again, honeymoon over. Back to the grind.

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For President Barack Obama, It’s Back to the Grind