Obama is definitely a man of his words. On Nov. 6, when he was elected for a second term as President of the United States, Obama said that he would sit down with his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.
That is exactly what Obama did earlier this week. The president hosted a white turkey chili and chicken salad lunch for his former competitor in the President's Dining Room, adjacent to the Oval Office in the White House where the two were pictured shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries.
Romney made his way to the White House in a black SUV towards which a man rushed who was arrested by the Secret Service and later questioned. Romney entered the White House through a heavily guarded side entrance for a 90-minute casual lunch, reported the Associated Press.
The conversation over lunch was very much unlike the two contenders would have. The two politicians spoke about "America's leadership in the world and the importance of maintaining the leadership position in the future," Reuters reported the White House as saying.
Reporters and cameramen were not allowed to witness the lunch. The White House press secretary said, "Each man wanted to have a private conversation, they did not want to turn it into a press event."
Long gone seems to be the bitterness that the two men had for each other during the campaign period. Romney congratulated Obama on his second term as president and wished him the best for the coming four years, and the duo promised to stay in touch and even work together in the future if the opportunity arises.
As for rumors that the President was offering a job to Romney in his administration, Carney said, "This is a conversation the president wanted to have with Governor Romney. There was not an agenda that involves that kind of proposal that I'm aware of. He's very interested in some of Governor Romney's ideas," reported the Boston Globe.
While Obama is working on improving the economic state in the country, Romney has pretty much disappeared from the public eye. He was pictured a few weeks earlier in a disheveled state refueling his car.
According to the Associated Press, the Republican officials have said that even though Romney was the face of the GOP, he was not able to fulfill the leadership role to the fullest. Comparisons are drawn between Romney and his Republican counterpart, Rep. Paul Ryan, who is said to have fulfilled the party's views better. The two Republicans also had a private meeting Thursday.