Obama to meet with Romney Thursday
November 28th, 2012
10:04 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama to meet with Romney Thursday

(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.


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soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    President Obama is a very smart and tactical President. The last time Romney was at a luncheon, he revealed some secret information about how he really feels about 47% of the American people while not knowing that hios comments were being recorded. So at this luncheon, the President is going to leave the room momentarily and have secret service record Romney making plans with his right wing friends on his cell phone to seceed. Then the secret service will throw him in the White House jail! Awesome Mr. President!

    November 28, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Penny Wilson

    Finally Obama is showing some creative thinking. Why not get ideas for the economy from the people who create it. Business people, real middle class business people, not bankers and Wall Street cronies, are who drives the jobs market. Get some input from the middle class taxpayers on what will help them and what will hurt them. Politicians live in their own world buffered from the day to day lives of the citizens. Cuts need to be made. Let's start at the top. Cut from the top down. 10 or 15% would not be so bad if it involved everyone. Increased revenue from the taxpayers will just keep the spending going up and up.

    November 28, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Dr chidi B Ibezim

    This is politics in action.it'd good for USA politics to move the country.Both of them should be commended for even contemplating this meeting I hope African politicians especially Nigeria politicians are watching and learning that politics is not a do or die thing or just bread and butter situation

    November 28, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. cedar rapids

    'dave – For one, isn't that a subtle admission that the President is in over his head and needs help?'

    yeah because its not as if he has access to successful business advisors left, right and center, 24-7, or anything.
    Come on.

    November 28, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Synthetically Thought...

    @Dave and krhodes: So typical for folks such as yourself to continue to bear ill-will even after the American people spoke and decided Romney was not the appropriate "leader" for our nation. Has it not occurred to you that Obama, like Lincoln, is doing the right thing by "reaching out" to his opponents and giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their sincerity by working for a common cause? Afterall, Romney had multiple positions on every single issue facing the nation therefore Obama can selectively choose the ones that might work. Thids will also give Romney the opportunity to learn that nothing...is cut and dry or as simple as he painted it during the elections. You folks who continue to demonstrate your hatred and desire to see failure over accomplishment should actually be pleased that your candidate now has the opportunity to "prove" himself. If Obama is smart (which he is exceptionally so) he will tap into the best of Romney's ideas and discard the rest as inappropriate for the country. You need to remember, Romney lost because of his waivering position on everything which came across as desperation.

    November 28, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. cog in the wheel

    I think its a good idea to meet and discuss ideas with Mr. Romney. It is time to stop demonizing either Democrats or Republicans. The votes are in and President Obama won, so the majority want to follow his lead...but we are all Americans and should have the best interest of the country in mind.

    November 28, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. greg90814

    I hope to God he's not going to offer him any sort of position in his cabinet. I also hope Mitt finds someone to do his hair and iron his clothes beforehand, since he laid off all his staffers right after his concession speech.

    November 28, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Gilbert

    Bravo obama,meet him and know what he has in store.

    November 28, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Hey Mitt, I voted for President Obama but I wasn't offered any gifts to vote for the President. However Mitt, if I had one wish or the opportunity to accept a gift from the President, it would be to visit the White House and sit and have lunch with the President. I must admit that this is the first and perhaps the only time I would ever be envy and jealous of Romney. Bon Appetit! My President is classy!

    November 28, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Thomas

    Imagen if Abraham Lincoln had been able to ask Robert E. Lee to sit down for lunch as two honorable men , who's best interest is there country !

    united we stand , divided we fail !

    Lincoln never had the chance thanks to a man named John Wilkes Booth.

    November 28, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. Jerry

    Mr. Romney should accept the luncheon invitation. However, he should have a food taster with him. After all the insults Obamalooney dished out during the past campaign, I would never, ever trust the American King (Dictator?).

    On the other hand, since Mr. Obama has never had a clue, maybe IT WILL do some good for the nation to have Mr. Romney school HIM on the affairs (business) of the nation.

    Stay tuned...

    On a related subject: I have to agree. I have no ties to either party. Can't stand either, to be honest. But I have not seen Obama do much to bring the two sides together, And it didn't help that that when he came into office, he and the dems just passed whatever they wanted without listening to the Republicans for a period of 2 years. I suppose I can't blame the Republicans for some of the things they have done to make life difficult for Obama since. But there comes a time when they need to let it go and get back on track. BOTH sides need to learn COMPROMISE and start working together. We can only hope the Pres. will take a more neutral role and not just keep siding with the Dems all the time. A true leader leads, not whines. Doesn't matter what party you belong to, we're all sick of the bickering and finger pointing. Get it together.

    November 28, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. kelly in los angeles

    i voted for obama because he is compassinate to the needs of the mentally disabled,physically disabled,and the elderly-they all need social security/ssi to survive. other people need food stamps to help them survive until they get a job. great to hear that romney and obama will lunch together-that is what mature adults do

    November 28, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Expat American

    Romney's countless lies and actions during the campaign were nothing less than undeserving of such an invitation; but all in all a classy move by the President – albeit seemingly odd given the former.

    November 28, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. skimmingthenews

    There's a thing called pride, Mitt. I'd tell obama to go and shove it, however, I'll wait to comment further as it is only a meeting....for now.

    November 28, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Cap'n Rita

    I must confess to an irrational feeling of irritation over this. On whose dime will this lunch be? Taxpayer's? Will they be ordering off the dollar menu? Chicken nuggets and fries? What in the world could POTUS need with Romney? He needs to be summarily dismissed like he dismissed the majority of the country. Make him a PBJ and show him the door. ps Mitt...lunch tip is generally 15%.

    November 28, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Linda

    VERY WELL SAID – COG IN THE WHEEL. We all need to think that way and quick. We need to stop fighting amongst oursleves and stand united

    November 28, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. yasmine

    I commend the President for always being the adult!... Barack Hussein Obama..you are a man of character... a decent human!

    November 28, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Guest

    Not such a winner after all if he has to beg his opponent for financial experience & ideas. Begging the public to help him get his way with congress too(sigh). Personal cult popularity got him back into that office. He is very likable. However, he has to begin to function on his own. It is time for him to do so, as our President.

    November 28, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Wake up People!

    I don't like this idea because not only do I not think Willard likes the POTUS, but he doesn't even respect him. I keep thinking about the first debate where he kept talking over the moderator and President Obama. I keep thinking back to the primaries, where not only did he attack his opponents, he constantly attacked President Obama.

    I truly don't believe Willard would have treated President Obama with as much respect. Actually I believe had he won, he and Queenie Ann would have been trying to move the Obamas out of the White House before his term even ended.

    November 28, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Vidyashanti

    This is really good. Mr. Romney is a good man. He is not crazy or extreme. Political forces make people do which normally they won't do. Hope, meeting turns out to be constructive.

    November 28, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Glenn Day

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. He needs to watch the Communist
    ( Republicans) for they have proven a self centered agenda.

    November 28, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. DustyOnes

    Obama is trying to get details from Romney's plan because Obama doesn't have one of his own.

    November 28, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. jayshen

    obama is a real man that is willing to give everyone a chance ie they may add something to the table do this mean he will offer him a job i think not he know mitt is for himself first then others in his class and for anyone under the middle class which is me we are dirt to him but i have five kids that i love and will never give up and work hard every day that is two jobs and still dont make twenty thousand a year i do think obama need help good help not greed help keep ur head up redemption is near Rice

    November 28, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. captainchronis

    does he brings his suitcase?

    November 28, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. cm

    Don't fall for the o-key- duk

    November 28, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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