For President Barack Obama, one of his most wrenching White House weeks saw the fresh specter of terrorism and the first crushing political defeat of his new term.
And the public saw the more emotional side of a leader often criticized for appearing clinical or detached.
The events presented sharp tests for a president committed to an ambitious agenda in the limited window offered by a second term.
There was the challenge to reassure a nervous nation about threats at home and the challenge to keep the rest of his legislative goals on track after the Senate rejected gun control measures that had become his top priority.
Obama himself called it "a tough week."