It was predictable but dramatic: John Boehner's emotions showing as Democrat Nancy Pelosi passed him the gavel he will wield as the new Speaker of the House.
Boehner's Republicans have a 49 seat majority and a plan.
"Old rules that have made it easy to increase spending will be replaced by new reforms that make it easier to cut spending," Boehner told his fellow House members.
The speakership's a dream come true for the Ohio conservative.
Boehner is now second in line for the presidency after Joe Biden.
It was also a big day for Republican freshmen like Renee Ellmers, a Tea Party activist from North Carolina.
She came to Washington on a mission.
"Repealing Obamacare," she says. "We have to do this. It's affecting all of us so much already."
Republicans say they'll push through a plan to repeal the health care law by Friday.
Democrats promise cooperation on jobs, but combat on health care.
"We're going to fight them," says Maryland Representative Chris Van Hollen. "I think the American people are just now learning about many of the patient protections that they have."
The new Senate, still Democratic, looks likely to reject repeal.
With control comes responsibility.
Boehner's team is already admitting they can't keep their promise to cut spending by $100 billion this year.