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The Obamas return to the White House

Last updated on: November 8, 2012 11:00 IST

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United States President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle and their two daughters Malia and Sasha have arrived at the White House from his home town of Chicago, a day after his historic re-election.

"It's a little chilly here. It is wintertime," Obama said when a reporter asked him how he felt after his arrival at the White House on Wednesday.

But he didn't respond when another reporter asked him, "Do you feel you have a mandate?"

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Image: US President Barack Obama (silhouetted in car window) and his family return to the White House
Photographs: Damon Winter/Reuters

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Besides the press pool and a handful of Secret Service agents, there were a few other staffers waiting to welcome Obama to his home for another four years.

During the flight to Washington from Chicago, Air Force One Colonel Scott Turner and some crew members brought the President a sheet cake to congratulate him.

As they posed for pictures, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, a question dawned on the president.

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Image: US President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their daughters Malia and Sasha return to the White House
Photographs: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

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"There is somebody flying this plane, right," he asked, according to a pool report.

Earlier in the day, Obama went to the campaign headquarters in Chicago before leaving the city.

Overnight and early on Wednesday morning in Chicago, Obama telephoned top Congressional leaders to talk about the legislative agenda for the remainder of the year.

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Image: US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha arrive at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington
Photographs: Jason Reed/Reuters

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"The President reiterated his commitment to finding bipartisan solutions to reduce our deficit in a balanced way, cut taxes for middle class families and small businesses and create jobs," the White House said.

"The President said he believed that the American people sent a message in the election that leaders in both parties need to put aside their partisan interests and work with a common purpose to put the interests of the American people and the American economy first," the White House said in its readout.

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Image: A view shows newspapers with Barack Obama winning the US presidential election on their frontpages, at a news stand in Times Square
Photographs: Chip East/Reuters

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