The Washington Times - November 8, 2012, 11:39AM

On his first full day back in Washington after winning reelection, President Obama is taking it easy, at least as far as his public schedule is concerned.

The president had only one event on his schedule Thursday — the routine presidential daily briefing on national security and other matters at 11:15 a.m. in the Oval Office. It’s conducted in private, with no media allowed.


Otherwise, Mr. Obama’s schedule is clear. Even his press secretary, Jay Carney, is taking a day off from his usual briefing with the White House press corps.

Among the urgent items on the president’s “to-do” list is working out a deal with congressional leaders to avert the looming fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts that is set to take effect in early January. The president telephoned the leaders of both parties Wednesday to discuss the legislative agenda of the lame-duck Congress.

Mr. Obama and his family flew back from Chicago Wednesday afternoon after celebrating his reelection into the wee hours of Wednesday morning. The president’s voice had been growing hoarse in the final weeks of the race from non-stop campaigning.