President Obama Will Host Mitt Romney at the White House for Lunch
No formal agenda for the meeting has been set
In a show of good sportsmanship and a nod to the fact that he's not too upset about his former rival's little "gifts" comment after the election, President Barack Obama will host former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for a private lunch at the White House Thursday. (It may also be an opportunity for Obama to show Romney how great the house he will never get to live in is.)
The president promised in his victory speech that he would work with Romney and consider the former Massachusetts governor's ideas. The two will meet in the White House's private dining room. No press coverage is expected.
Aides for the president said they reached out to Romney's team shortly before Thanksgiving to pick a date for the meeting.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama was expecting to have a "useful discussion" with his former rival. But he said there was no formal agenda for the lunch.