So there you have it, Romney finally made it to the White House! Granted, it was probably a little later than he might have hoped, and not for quite as long as he may have envisioned, but he made it nonetheless. The only blip in his journey there: a rather strange incident in which a man charged his SUV and ended up getting arrested by the Secret Service…hate it when that happens.
Three weeks after the election, and Mitt Romney’s loss to Obama, the former presidential candidate, who used to travel with a motorcade large enough to shut down entire city blocks, arrived at the White House in a single black Lincoln SUV.
The reason for his visit? Just as we heard from Jon Stewart: to have lunch with his previous rival, Barack Obama. The idea of a meeting with the former Massachusetts governor was first presented during Obama’s victory speech in Chicago on election night. Obama said he looked forward to “sitting down with Gov. Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward.”
True to his word, the defeated Republican presidential candidate joined President Obama in the private dining room, where the two lunched on white turkey chili and southwestern grilled chicken salad and discussed, well, we don’t really know what they discussed because the meeting was closed to press.
“Each man wanted to have a private conversation,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney. “They didn’t want to turn it into a press event.” According to a Romney aide, the two discussed foreign and domestic policy issues, including how to maintain America’s leadership, and help spur innovation.
Interestingly, the meeting was only the eighth time that the two men have met face-to-face, and it was the first meeting between the rivals since they faced off in the presidential election campaign. According to CNN, aside from the three presidential debates, Obama and Romney met only once during the 2012 campaign, at an annual fund-raising dinner in New York.
There was speculation that Romney could possibly be being considered for some kind of administrative position, although there was no indication from either the White House or from Romney’s aides that that was discussed. Instead, the two men “pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future.”
The lunch symbolized a nice end to the election, tying the candidates and their campaigns together…and hey, they both ended up at the White House in the end!