(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.
I think Mitt may have some very good ideas, and the president may want to capitalized on them, after all not all good ideas come from an exclusive group. Nice Going Mr. President..
I am sure secret service would do a thorough search on Romney as he enters. Also they would standing close to Obama and watching Romney all the time.
Where he will be served a big steaming dish of crow.
Obama needs to stop bipartisanship. It does not work.
Let's hope that Governor Romney isn't the sore loser that Senator McCain turned out to me - and continues to be. Given that Governor Romney has already stated that he's not running for President again, there seems to be a genuine opportunity for Obama and Romney to work together over the next four years. Good for the country.
I see he's taking some of those "gifts" he accused others of. The president is making a mistake with this invitation, if Willard had won, he wouldn't allow Obama anywhere near the WhiteHouse. Willard's "business experience" is not what this country needs or wants and we told him that overwhelmingly on November 6th. I hope the 47%ers who will be serving this self-serving, lazy, greedy unAmerican thug show their disdain for him in the preparation of HIS food.
Good riddance Willard and Ann. America doesn't want or need you. Now you are free to go on to Kolob or wherever-just leave us alone.
Please do not make him your next Secretary of State! – Not Qualified!
President Obama is always a class act. I hope Mitt can stop pouting and actually contribute to the country he says he loves so much.
Hey Mitt, don't forget to bring the POTUS a gift !
Mitt we tried. A lot of people are still with you Mitt. A fellow Michigander. Hopefully the O will accept some of your suggestions. Good luck Mitt.
serve Mitt Robme some 47% lunch....yep, right out of the wefare recipients menu list!!!!
let him eat a $4 a day lunch @ the WH...that will be the closest he'll ever be to being poor & in touch with ordinary Americans!!!!
Waste of time.
I know one of them is going to get indigestion, for sure!
I am pretty sure Obama called mitt into the office after school to tell him how obamacare can be used to find a doctor to treat his Romnesia.
It's about time Republicans and Democrats work together for the good of the country and not just their parties. I always felt during the election that both had good points and should be working together. I hope that happens for America's sake.
Say what you want about him, but Obama has a way of getting his rivals to join his team (Hillary, Biden, etc.). Would not be shocked if he offered him a position. Not sayiing Romney would accept (pride), but I would not be shocked at an offer in the least bit.
So why can't they meet they both have differing views on how to run the economy, dosen't mean that they disagree on everything.Loosen up, you right wing nuts are so stiff.
If the Republicans don't start giving, they're going to blow the 2016 election. The proposal that Obama is proposing is either going to work or it's not. If it does they Rep's can take credit that they went along with it. If it doesn't work then they can blame the Dem's. A feather in their cap either way and the middle class will benefit, which is the majority of the voting base. I can't wait to see the "earmarks" added on this bill once if it goes through. Once again the people we elected to represent us hold us hostage for their own personal gain and it doesn't matter whether your a Dem or Rep they both are guilty of this and have been for decades.
These guys despise one another. It was obvious during the debate.
Order a small salad. I wouldn't have any appetite facing someone I despise.
A cry for help from Obama who is in way over his head. Trust me, either Obama incorporates Romney's ideas or into the Fires of Hell we go. Personally I think Romney should let Obama and all the idiots that voted for him sink. Unfortunately I'll suffer too for the next four years but maybe the other half of the nation will wake up and smell the damn coffee.
I understand the president doing this but I do hope he does not have a position for him. I / We the people have watched in horror the horrible things he has said and done and we have come dislike and distrust him. I do not believe he can possibly serve this President with any good faith and I hope this is not somethiing the President is looking to do!!!!!
Please Mr. President- DO NOT DO THIS!! P L E A S E ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Romney, whose service to Massachusetts and to the Olympics was unpaid, was pilloried by the mobocrats and an ungrateful Obama who spewed constant lies about Romney, his career and his commitment to public service. Weak at debating Romney on the issues, his campaign made its mileage from offensive negative ads. With all the dupes he needed in the bag for him, the imperial Obama can now afford to condescend to the likes of Romney who represents to him that dreaded 2 percent who have had incredible success in their careers and from whom he must look like he is fixing the economy by taking more of their money to prop his programs. In fact, Romney has far more experience propping Obama programs than Obama has had. Obama's 162k that he pays in tax TO the treasury makes him a financial liability when compared to the 500K he takes OUT of the treasury in taxpayer paid wages and benefits. Romney, on the other hand, pays 2 million (over twelve times more) TO the treasury and takes no money OUT of the treasury. he is just the kind of man, the 47% depend on for their tax free benefits and Obama depends on for his livelihood.
Lunch is very private when CNN knows about it.
Guess he's going to try and BUY Romney's support for his program of stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Maybe Romney will become a Democrat.