Washington (CNN) – After a shellacking at home, it was nine grueling days on the road in Asia, or as President Obama himself put it with a laugh, "Around the world - in less than 80 days."
But when Obama showed up unexpectedly in the press cabin of Air Force One Sunday afternoon after a long flight of about 14 hours home from Japan, I was one of the few reporters onboard and he looked rested and ready to face off with Republican leaders on tax cuts on other issues.
Delivered by National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes at the Yokohama Bay Sheraton Press Filing Center in Yokohama, Japan
MR. RHODES: Thanks, Mike. Thanks, everybody. We had a good morning this morning with bilateral meetings with Japan and Australia. The President has gone into APEC leaders meetings, and the rest of today he'll have APEC leaders meeting this afternoon; then there’s a cultural program tonight, followed by a dinner that the President will attend.
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(CNN) – In Mumbai, India, we saw first lady Michelle Obama play the tambourine, dance, and even kick off her shoes to play hopscotch with children. In New Delhi, India, she toured the National Handicrafts and Handloom Museum with children and checked out textiles and necklaces at the crafts center. She put some stylish outfits together, too.
We've been sharing these moments throughout the trip but check out this video by CNN.com producer LaTrina White, which includes highlights from India but also the first lady's Veterans Day surprise to troops in Germany.
Delivered at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, South Korea
THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Yongsan!
AUDIENCE: Hoaa! (Applause.)
Delivered before their bilateral meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, Republic of Korea PRESIDENT OBAMA: Just to address the press very quickly. It’s wonderful to see Program Hu once again. We were just noting that it’s the seventh time we’ve had an opportunity to meet. And the U.S.-China relationship I think has become stronger over the last several years.