Category: US Politics / November 29, 2012 6:40 PM EST
Republican Mitt Romney fell short in his White House bid but he got a consolation prize of sorts on Thursday (November 29) as President Barack Obama had him over for lunch in an attempt to display some political harmony in the bitterly divided capital.
The two men sat down for their meal in a West Wing dining room and there were efforts to keep the visit low key. Romney was brought in through a heavily guarded side entryway and officials said only the two men would be present for the lunch. News photographers were not allowed in for pictures.
The lunch, which lasted a little more than an hour, appeared to be more than a goodwill gesture aimed at soothing wounds left open from a bitter campaign in which Obama accused Romney of being an out-of-touch, secretive, rich elitist and Romney said his opponent did not understand how to fix the U.S. economy.
They waged their battle in campaign speeches and toughly worded TV and radio ads that cost collectively hundreds of millions of dollars.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that Obama was interested in hearing some of Romney's ideas and sharing campaign experiences with him. Obama said during his election victory speech that he wanted to sit down and talk to Romney.
There was no job offer for Romney in the works, he said.