November 14th, 2010
05:51 PM ET
Washington (CNN) - President Obama arrived back at the White House Sunday afternoon, concluding a 10-day, four country, round-the-world trip to India and the Far East. The president returns to Washington on the same day that a wave of newly-elected Republican Congressional candidates arrived in the city to start a week of freshman orientation sessions on Capitol Hill.
The president faces a far different political landscape in Washington this week as he turns his focus back to domestic issues and a lame-duck Congress. Among the highlights of the president's week ahead: on Thursday he will hold a meeting with bipartisan Congressional leadership at the White House, including future Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Here's the official schedule this week from the White House:
The president has no public events on Monday.
On Tuesday, the President will award U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Staff Sergeant Giunta will be recognized for his courageous actions during combat operations in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan in October 2007. Sergeant Giunta steps into history as the first living Soldier to receive the prestigious award since the Vietnam War.
On Wednesday, the President will award the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in the East Room of the White House.
On Thursday, the President holds a meeting with Bipartisan Congressional Leadership at the White House. Later in the evening, the President will depart the White House and fly on Air Force one across the Atlantic Ocean for a two-day NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. The President returns to the White House late Saturday evening.