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President Obama Continues Tradition, Hosts Private Lunch With Mitt Romney

President Obama continues the awkward tradition of having lunch with his former opponent Mitt Romney at the White House. Press is not invited to this lunch as they were when President Obama and then-former candidate John McCain met for lunch in 2008

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Defeated presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, is slated to join President Obama for a private lunch at the White House today. The lunch comes weeks after the defeated candidate said  “The president’s campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift.

The men are upholding an old and awkward tradition. Aides can recall the Roosevelt-Willike post-election lunch. Roosevelt didn’t invite his opponent Wendell Willike right away, but when the two did meet, spectators recall the men laughing and jesting with one another. The Kennedy-Nixon lunch was also very interesting, as the race was so close that President Kennedy was fearful that then-opponent Richard Nixon would challenge him about vote counts in Illinois and Texas. Of course, Nixon didn’t. Aides claim President Kennedy wanted to ask Nixon how he managed to win Ohio. To date, Nixon is the last presidential candidate to win Ohio and lose the election.

On the night of his victory, President Obama promised to meet with Mitt Romney to exchange ideas with him. “In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Gov. Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward,” he stated during his victory speech. Romney is also slated to meet with former running mate, Paul Ryan, according to a Romney campaign aide.

 

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