Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is spending a couple of days in the nation’s capital as part of the National Governors Association winter meeting.

President Obama shares a toast with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (center) and first lady Michelle Obama during a White House dinner for the National Governors Association dinner. (JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS)

McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, spent Sunday in committee meetings on early childhood education and and public safety. He later attended a dinner for the governors at the White House, according to a pool report.

“I've always said that governors have one of the best but also one of the toughest jobs around. On the one hand you guys are in charge, which means that folks know where you live and they know how to find you if something doesn't work,’’ Obama said at the event. “But you're also in a position to make real and lasting change every single day. You're where the rubber hits the road.”

Read more about McDonnell and other GOP governors’ takes on the Republican contest for president here.