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President Obama gets back to work in Washington

President Obama has arrived back in Washington DC with his family to begin his second term in office.

President Obama waves to reporters as he makes his way back to the White House.
President Obama waves to reporters as he makes his way back to the White House. Credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The US President will tackle a looming budget crisis and work with Republicans in Congress, the Party which retained control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, but failed to take the Senate.

President Obama and his family on arrival in Washington.
President Obama and his family on arrival in Washington. Credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

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House Speaker will work with Obama to avoid fiscal cliff

John Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, has said Washington should find a short-term solution to avoid the fiscal cliff and then work on a substantive debt reduction plan in 2013.

The White House and lawmakers have less than two months to deal with the fiscal cliff or $600 billion worth of spending cuts and tax increases due to go into effect at the end of the year.

We won't solve the problem of our fiscal imbalance overnight ... What we can do is avert the cliff in a manner that serves as a down payment on - and a catalyst for - major solutions, enacted in 2013, that begin to solve the problem.

– John Boehner

Rice: Let us pray for wisdom and courage for Obama

Americans can take pride in last night's peaceful exercise of our democratic right to choose those who will lead us. We are one country, united in our beliefs and our values.

Let us pray for wisdom and courage for our President and all who were elected to office last night. God Bless America.

– Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
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