(CNN) – President Barack Obama and his former rival Mitt Romney will meet Thursday for their first get-together since the November 6 election, according to a statement from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
"On Thursday, Governor Romney will have a private lunch at the White House with President Obama in the Private Dining Room," Carney wrote. "It will be the first opportunity they have had to visit since the election. There will be no press coverage of the meeting."
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In his acceptance speech on election night, Obama congratulated Romney on his campaign, and said he was looking forward "to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward."
And at his first post-election press conference, held November 14, Obama said his goal was to set a meeting before the end of the year.
"There are certain aspects of Governor Romney's record and his ideas that I think could be very helpful," he said, specifically citing Romney's leadership of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games.
Romney has mostly stayed out of the spotlight since his Election Night remarks in Boston. He was spotted taking in the latest installment of the "Twilight" movie franchise with his family, and on Thanksgiving shared a photo with his wife Ann on his official Facebook page. Two Romney aides said Wednesday the former GOP nominee will be subletting space at the offices of his son Tagg's investment firm Solamere Capital in Boston. Mitt Romney won't be joining the firm himself, the aides said.
While Romney hasn't made any public appearances after the election, controversial comments he made on a post-election call with top donors were immediately criticized by both Democrats and Republicans.
"What the president, president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote," Romney said on the call.
Romney, who lost to Obama by 126 electoral votes, said the president courted voters by offering policies – some of them this election year – that appealed to key constituencies.
"With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift," Romney said.
Those remarks caused Republicans – including several who are considered likely candidates for the 2016 GOP nomination – to put distance between themselves and their party's former standard bearer.
While in Washington, Romney will also meet with his former running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, a senior adviser to the former GOP nominee told CNN Wednesday.
In 2008, Obama met with Sen. John McCain after defeating him in the presidential election. The pair met at Obama's transition headquarters in Chicago, and issued a joint statement afterwards saying they hoped to work together on challenges such as the financial crisis, creating a new energy economy and protecting the country's security.
CNN's Jim Acosta, Paul Steinhauser and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.
President Barack Obama signaled if he wins a second term he would appoint a Secretary of Business.
Nov 1, 2012 – Romney blasts Obama's 'secretary of business' plan as just another ... to figure out some way to suggest he has new ideas," said Romney
I hope the President asked Romney to be 'secretary of business' , surrender just means you are moving over to the winning side , very honorable !
Of course President Obama wants to meet with Romney, almost 50% of Americans voted for Romney. It is a divided nation and Pres. Obama wants a united nation.
I think it's great that he gets to "visit" the WH and see what might have been. It will make him even more jealous.
heh. So much for "obama hasn't compromised". All you that posed that must be feeling pretty foolish about now, eh?
Obama will eat 47% of the lunch and give the other 53% as "gift" to Rmoney!
On the menu: Filet Mignon (for the President), Baked Crow (for Romney)
It's time to hand Mitt Robme to the FEDS!!!....and for him cough up all those UNPAID TAXES and jump-frog him out to the White House lawn to apologise to the American people for his insulting 47% comment!!!
Maybe he is just visiting the WH to collect his Obama's GIFT, so next go round he can VOTE for President Obama!
Oops, the president already won re-election. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BYE BYE WILLARD....dont let the WH door hit you in your caymen-island behind!!!.....tell Queen Ann, you were such a sore loser like your dad, and you shoulda taken your father's advice to release ALL YOUR TAX RETURNS!!!!
Tell TAG not to brag next time about sucker-punching a sitting POTUS!!!! LOL
Too late now ETCH-A-SKETCH! LOL
He Might Offer Him The Secretary Of State Job..(.NOT RICE)
I think Obama should offer Romney a cabinet post… “Economic Advisor” or something like that. Make peace. Also, out Romney’s alleged business-turnaround skills to use.
"Hey Mitt. Have a seat in my Oval Office chair. You wish it was yours..."
It'll give Mitt an opportunity to steal some White House towels and an ashtray, cause he'll never see them again.
Perhaps they'll discuss how to keep the Star Wars movie rights safe from the Chinese.
Why are the president's private lunch plans news? Really CNN, is it that slow of a news day?
Indeed. However, this is what adults do...they put aside their differences and sit down at the table (luckily, we don't have to be adults on this site hehe). Mittens is ostensibly one of the leaders of the GOP/Teatroll cabal, despite their sudden about-face rejection of Mittens and the platform they cheered him for running on, so this is a genuine attempt to make a conciliatory gesture on Obama's part. McConnell and Boehner, and probably Mittens too, will respond to it after it happens by continuing to vomit talking opints about Obama not being willing to compromise.
Sniffit, it may be soe kind of Jedi mind trick. Lyin Ryan is still chairman of the House Budget Committee. Maybe Willard can use his influence on him to get some kind of compromise. Just a theory.
Obama should just have an empty chair there as well, and say "I asked Clint Eastwood to join us....".
Perhaps, like with Lincoln, Obama may offer Romney a cabinet position. Lincoln gave cabinet positions to his rivals to help pull the country out of the crisis of slavery and the session of the slavery states from the Union.
Obama has praised Lincoln for his acceptance of the competence of his rivals. William H. Seward turned from a rival to a Champion of Lincoln.
ha... Obama needs help obviously. He knows Mitt well enough after sizing him up for the election. Why else would he invite Mitt when Obama has done such a great job of blowing off heads of state? It is Mitt that is humble enough to accept... He needs not the money and we know that he thinks Obama is a joke. Obama is so in over his head by now.
I worked for the Obama campaign because I thought Romney would have been a terrible president. I still think he has a lot to offer the country, but in a role much smaller than the one he had in mind. Get your head back in the game, Mitt! Politics isn't everything!
This is really good to see. Not to often you get "good" political news.
I expected this because I believed that Romney still can put up ideas on the Table to help this economy.
Headline to read "Romney accepts consolation prize :o)
Gota love the love on here....I wonder if the libs making comments on here will still be bowing down to the overlord when he does the same thing the egyptian guy just did and makes himself supreme dictator....study history people.....it is repeating itself just like in egypt, italy, germany, russia (the last 3 from WW2)
BTW, Mitt Robme_DRAFT_DODGING, TAX_EVADING_Merchandise Discounted AT 47%, what unpaid taxes? Romney never did anything that violated our tax code. So what are you talking about? Or do you think just because he is smart and makes money he should be paying more taxes? You sound like a true Obamamaniac.
I admire our President for the gallant gesture. They should meet off site, Mr Romney does not belong in the White House. After all, it is the peoples house and he hates most of us.
Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall? No, I wouldn't either. I can't imagine it. Cricket, cricket...