In his victory speech on election night, President Obama said, “In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward.”
Sure enough, Obama and Romney sat down today. Here’s the readout from the White House about how that went:
This afternoon, President Obama and Governor Romney visited for an hour over lunch in the Private Dining Room adjacent to the Oval Office. Governor Romney congratulated the President for the success of his campaign and wished him well over the coming four years. The focus of their discussion was on America’s leadership in the world and the importance of maintaining that leadership position in the future. They pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future. Their lunch menu included white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad.
At the daily White House press briefing, CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller asked, “Any chance your briefing might be interrupted by a joint appearance?”
“Uhh — no,” press secretary Jay Carney responded to laughter.
“There’s at least some chance we’ll release a photograph, which will go into the historical record,” he added. “It’s a private lunch, and we’re going to leave it at that.”