President Barack and the first lady looked glum as they stepped off Marine One in Cape Cod as their annual summer vacation drew to a close.
The pair, who have been on vacation in Martha's Vineyard, then managed to overcome their disappointment and put on a smile as they greeted a crowd at the Air Force base before they flew back to Washington.
Their two-week break on the Massachusetts island has become an annual tradition for the first family - and this year they enjoyed bike rides.
The President squeezed in one more round of golf at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs before the journey home as he prepares to meet the daunting fall period on Capitol Hill.
As the first family disembarked Air Force One in the capital, Obama took the hand of his 17-year-old daughter Malia, while his wife and Sasha, 14, followed behind.