President Obama Returns to Washington from Vacation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

President Barack Obama is back in Washington after a two-week Hawaiian vacation, facing a new, more Republican Congress.

Obama told reporters traveling with him that he hopes GOP leaders recognize that stimulating the economy is the top priority. He says "our job is to govern and make sure that we are delivering jobs for the American people" and creating a competitive economy.

But he says he expects that after winning control of the House in November's elections, Republicans will "play to their base for a certain period of time."

Congress returns to work tomorrow, and Republicans are promising to get right to work on an effort to repeal the new health care law. Conservatives are also pushing for an immediate cut in spending.

Obama's staff will also be getting a new look this month. Senior adviser David Axelrod plans to head to Chicago to work for the president's re-election. He'll be replaced by Obama's 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe.

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