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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:40 AM

President Obama to meet with Mitt Romney

Source: The Hill

President Obama to meet with Mitt Romney
By Jonathan Easley - 11/28/12 10:04 AM ET

President Obama and Mitt Romney will meet for a private lunch at the White House on Thursday, according to a statement released by the administration on Wednesday.

It will be the first meeting between the two since the election and will be closed to the press.


Following his overwhelming election victory, Obama said he wanted to meet with Romney to discuss how he could work with the GOP nominee and Republican Party leaders on the economic challenges facing the country.

Obama acknowledged that the two had “battled fiercely,” but said it was “only because we love this country deeply.”



Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/269789-president-obama-to-meet-with-mitt-romney

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kpete Nov 2012 OP
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Ikonoklast Nov 2012 #42
msanthrope Nov 2012 #2
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onehandle Nov 2012 #3
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wordpix Nov 2012 #21
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loudsue Nov 2012 #7
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onenote Nov 2012 #36
mac56 Nov 2012 #37
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relogic Nov 2012 #17
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FailureToCommunicate Nov 2012 #22
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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:45 AM

1. Reminds me of the story about taking in the half frozen snake and eventually getting snake bit nt

 

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Response to Jumping John (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:41 PM

42. Reminds me of an ex-supervisor of mine who was seeking employment...from me.

One of us held all the cards, and the other was glad he even got the fifteen minutes of my time.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:45 AM

2. Too bad Mitt can't sample the White House homebrew. Michelle should take Ann on a tour. nt

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:54 AM

9. He can wash his lunch down with a cup of bitter tears! nt

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Response to MADem (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:57 AM

11. No--that's the soup. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:47 AM

3. Serve him 47% of a shit sandwich. nt

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Response to onehandle (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:25 PM

67. and the other 53% shit gravy

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:48 AM

4. :-(((((((((((((((

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:49 AM

5. I'd love to be a fly on the wall for that one

Imagining Obama telling Mitt where to go.



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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:52 AM

6. As advertised, Obama will seek Willard's advice on the economy

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/romney-sinks-quickly-in-republicans-esteem/2012/11/16/f1941ed0-2ffe-11e2-a30e-5ca76eeec857_story_1.html

Romney sinks quickly in Republicans’ esteem

...One of the few people who seems to think Romney should have a future on the national stage is the reelected president, who has said he will seek out his vanquished opponent’s advice on the economy. “There are certain aspects of Governor Romney’s record and his ideas that I think could be very helpful,” Obama said during his first post-election news conference Wednesday.

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Response to jsr (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:00 AM

13. President Obama can listen to Mittens the Losers' advice

just as long as he doesn't follow any of it.

But then again Mittens the Loser has no plans other than to keep his own taxes low.

ETA correct spelling of loser.

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Response to Liberalynn (Reply #13)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:36 PM

81. *loser

Unless, of course, you're talking about his bowels when his nose is rubbed in all the shit he's been flinging.

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Response to Turborama (Reply #81)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:00 PM

83. That's funny about the bowels.

I did really mean loser. Thanks I did go back and correct it.

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Response to jsr (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:16 AM

16. Well,

 

I think the President needs to let the people who voted for him, in on Romney's ideas. I certainly didn't get that impression, and he cetainly didn't express any love to 47 percent of the country, that don't fits his life style. So the President can speak for himself. I hope there isn't any back room deals either, and the notion that you can pander for certain people's votes and then trash them as radical extremists. We can be very vocal with our positions too, because whether you know this or not, they certainly love their country too. And I'll submit, even more than Mr Romney. So lets get that out on the table, don't forget that part of your promises. We gave him a mandate, and he should honor it, just as much as his promise to Mitt Romney. I definately expect him to carry those through on all fronts, including getting out of Afghanistan in 2014 regardless. And I'm still steaming over remarks from Mr Plouffe, if he don't think our votes put the President back into office. That is why Romney is where he is today. He doesn't get preferable treatment here.

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Response to jsr (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:27 AM

20. Get Mitt to tell him all about the tax loopholes he was going to close.

Just exactly how Mitt and these others skirt the law.

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Response to siligut (Reply #20)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:32 AM

21. +1000, Mitt knows all about those loopholes but never intended to close those benefiting the rich

He only wanted to close the ones benefiting the middle class, like the Earned Income credit.

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Response to wordpix (Reply #21)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:07 PM

48. Xactly, cuz the middle class finances the gov't. that protects

his own treasure - treasure on which HE pays no tax. See how that shell game works?

Get the little people to pay for the government that pushes your agenda, protects your booty, and demands no sacrifice from you. Nice work if you can get it.

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Response to siligut (Reply #20)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:19 PM

78. Right on. Let the mystery be revealed! nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:53 AM

7. I don't trust Mitt with our president

Hell. I don't trust mitt with his own dog.

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Response to loudsue (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:25 AM

19. Neither do I!

Mitt is a huge manipulator and he is very good at it.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:54 AM

8. Like it or not (and I don't) this is routine after elections

I recall Al Gore meeting with George W. Bush after he was appointed president, and Bush Sr. (the one who was actually elected) meeting with Michael Dukakis as well.

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:55 AM

84. Didn't know about Bush and Dukakis.

I knew that Kennedy met with Nixon and FDR met with Wilkie.

Did Bush Jr. ever meet with Kerry? I don't recall, but I kind of tuned out for a while because I was depressed.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:57 AM

10. President Obama, to Romney during the tour....

"Now this is where you would've held your press conferences, and over here is where you would've hosted foreign dignitaries.... And this room is where you would've held your victory party and gala..... This next room is where you would've made important decisions about the fate of the world.... And this would've been your awesome Presidential Suite. The original. Would've been cool, huh?"

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Response to kayakjohnny (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:53 PM

54. Perfect!

And you just know that's what the President would LIKE to do.

That's okay, Mitt will be thinking it all on his own.

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Response to kayakjohnny (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:48 PM

82. "And this is the door to what would have been your Situation Room,

but you can't go any further due to your security level being reduced to that of an everyday citizen.

Which reminds me, see that enormous briefcase with the... NO! Please back up Mr Romney! You can look but cannot touch."

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:59 AM

12. He is So Gracious

and patient.

He's the President!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:02 AM

14. ummm why?

he had shit ideas..
you ran against his shit ideas..
his math never adds up

so why? he's just another shitty republican with bad ideas

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Response to willhe (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:15 AM

15. So the WH photographer can get pics of him w/his big mouf full!!!

Maybe with a bit of mustard on his chin, and a catsup stain on his thousand dollar tie...?

Or maybe to serve up a big ole dish of REVENGE?

The chef says: "Revenge is a dish best served cold!"

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Response to willhe (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:13 PM

36. Because

1. Its what presidents do (or at least what they've been doing for several decades now).
2. 60 million people voted for Romney (and a majority of voters in 24 states). While its absolutely true that the President acheieved a stunning landslide victory in the electoral college vote, his 3.5 percent margin in the popular vote was substantially less than his popular vote margin of victory over McCain and Romney got more popular votes and won more states than McCain.

Under the circumstances, there is no good reason to break with the recent tradition of victorious presidents hosting their opponent at a lunch at the WH and not following that tradition would undoubtedly become a distraction for which not good explanation would suffice.

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Response to onenote (Reply #36)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:15 PM

37. this

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Response to onenote (Reply #36)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:16 PM

80. Stunning landslide?

 

Then what's 400 Electoral votes called? How about 500? It was significant, but not what you call it.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:22 AM

17. Now I'm nervous

Why is it every time our President meets with rich people who have no shame in promoting the most predatory, venture capitalism he ends up giving away what principles he promised to preserve? Whether it's equitable health care for the lowliest or fair tax rates imposed on those most benefited by working-class employees or earned entitlement programs--Mr. Obama has earned the suspicions of we 47%. Backslapping Romney as if he actually would cultivate the earth of benefits other than for the top millionaire club is a figment of the most-deranged optimist that ever inhabited the mind of vulture capitalists in their unregulated glory.

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Response to relogic (Reply #17)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:02 PM

30. You're not nervous



But you'd love the rest of us to feel that way.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:24 AM

18. Heh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh-heh.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:34 AM

22. Paging the hero who recorded the "47%" video...you are needed at the White House!

Pronto.

(Oh, and thanks again for showing America the real Mitt Romney! It really helped millions decide who to vote for.)

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:40 AM

23. Meeting with Mitt

Why ????

Mitt is nothing more than a citizen of the U.S.

He holds no elected office at the present time.

He was ashamed of passing health care for Massachusetts.

He lied repeatedly during the campaign.

He was and is still associated with vulture capitalists.

He continues to avoid paying taxes and hiding his ill gotten gains in off shore tax havens.

What could he possibly add to any conversation about what is best for this country ????

He will always be part of the problem and never part of any solution.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #23)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:43 AM

25. Maybe Mitt is seeking amnesty.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #25)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:55 PM

44. Maybe dining with the President... and his prosecutors?

Logically, Romney's tax evasion isn't really in question anymore. He successfully completed an entire Presidential run without ever completely releasing his tax returns. I cannot help wondering if that is why he was denied confidential daily briefs during the vast majority of his run.

He lost his bid for President because of not disclosing his tax returns. If only two out of a hundred voters made their decision based primarily on that issue, that swung the election against him.

So, we can easily conclude, whatever was in those tax returns was more important to conceal than it was important for Mitt to be President--and he really, really wanted to be President. So what does that mean?

Furthermore, you know who can look at Romney's tax returns? The President. We can assume that he did, and I myself can safely guess that this supposedly cordial lunch is actually a negotiation that is going to cost Mitt dearly financially, though I expect he'll be able to easily purchase his own freedom from prison.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #23)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:04 PM

32. Why? Because you keep your friends close

and your Republicans closer

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #23)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:15 PM

38. For the same reason that repub presidents have invited their Democratic opponents to the WH

Because, as the President said in his Thanksgiving message:


As a nation, we’ve just emerged from a campaign season that was passionate, noisy, and vital to our democracy. But it also required us to make choices – and sometimes those choices led us to focus on what sets us apart instead of what ties us together; on what candidate we support instead of what country we belong to.

Thanksgiving is a chance to put it all in perspective – to remember that, despite our differences, we are, and always will be, Americans first and foremost.

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Response to SamKnause (Reply #23)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:17 PM

50. I agree with your points, but this is just a gesture -

something magnanimous from Obama that comes at little cost to him and will likely end up crediting his record in support of painting him as a leader who is merciful in victory. He doesn't even have to listen to Romney.

Obama can just show up, eat - and if that the end of it, he'll be doing Romney something that others would jump through hoops and eat fire to have the same chance.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:41 AM

24. ... "There will be no press coverage of the meeting" ...

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #24)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:15 PM

66. That's to protect Mitt's image

Since this is Obama's "kiss-the-ring" Don Corleone moment...

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #24)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:13 PM

75. Hope my President

is careful what he says to that clown.

Rmoney could have what BO says on tape.
Don't trust him.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:47 AM

26. what a waste of precious time. We voted for the new deal. we voted for poeple's rights.

not for this.

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Response to robinlynne (Reply #26)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:16 PM

39. Since presidents have been doing this for some time

and since I don't recall anyone making a fuss about it, I'd say that you did vote for this.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:47 AM

27. Wonder if Obama will give Mitt a "Gift."

Mitt thinks he a very generous President. What more could he possibly want for Christmas , considering capital gains taxes benefits the 1% receives.

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Response to cyclezealot (Reply #27)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:45 PM

79. A case of Rice-a-Roni

Or better yet, a case of the President's home brew.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:48 AM

28. They should just meet for dessert.

He already ate rmoney's lunch.

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Response to rug (Reply #28)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:06 PM

33. Hammer time


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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:48 AM

29. Meeting with the 1%ers

Why does president Obama continue to meet and surround himself with the people who crashed the global economy ???

The 1% are the problem !

The 99% have the answers !!!!

I would like to see president Obama summon the OWS crowd to the White House.

They deserve praise for the Rolling Jubilee, feeding 10,000 people on Thanksgiving Day, the many foreclosures they have prevented and all the help they have been in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy.

They have proven time and time again they know what needs to be done in this country.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:03 PM

31. I'm not surprised

its in Obama's nature to seek to heal.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:09 PM

34. Mitt's a has-been. He's out of it. Forever. Let him go.

...Obama said he wanted to meet with Romney to discuss how he could work with the GOP nominee and Republican Party leaders on the economic challenges facing the country.

This is bullshit.

Mitt wanted to be president just to be president. He's not genuinely interested in solving America's problems. He lost the election and has moved on to other things (like running his companies). He's a private citizen, now, with no official - or unofficial - involvement with the Republican party or any other public affairs concern. He is no national leader.

Obama shouldn't pretend like he still needs a relationship with Romney in order to get anything done.

He should have a nice social lunch with Romney to show he's a gracious winner, and then should unleash Romney back into the business world to create jobs.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:11 PM

35. I'm not a fan of this move.

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Response to olddad56 (Reply #35)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:19 PM

40. Were you opposed to it when Democrats accepted similiar invitations from Republicans?

Were you opposed when Obama invited McCain to the WH.

Were you opposed to the sentiment expressed by the President in his Thanksgiving address:

"As a nation, we’ve just emerged from a campaign season that was passionate, noisy, and vital to our democracy. But it also required us to make choices – and sometimes those choices led us to focus on what sets us apart instead of what ties us together; on what candidate we support instead of what country we belong to.

Thanksgiving is a chance to put it all in perspective – to remember that, despite our differences, we are, and always will be, Americans first and foremost."

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:25 PM

41. Guess who is coming to dinner.

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #41)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:01 PM

46. Some loser.

Hope the WH staff counts the silver.

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #46)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:02 PM

47. lol!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:44 PM

43. BARF

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:59 PM

45. Maybe Obama is going to offer R$ the position of White House gas station attendant.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:12 PM

49. WHY!!??

'nice' obama shit pisses me off. ...to no end. It's time to get ugly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:26 PM

51. "So Mitt- between you and me- just what *was* in those tax returns?" (nt)

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:50 PM

52. This is customary.

Other presidents have invited their political opponents in the past. It's a way to show that they are past the election. It shows graciousness on both sides, winners and losers.

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Response to Beacool (Reply #52)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:56 PM

57. Whatever

“The president’s campaign focused on giving targeted groups a big gift — so he made a big effort on small things. Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars,” Romney said on a conference call with donors, the Los Angeles Times first reported.

Gracious my ass.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:51 PM

53. UGH!!! Banging head against the table.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:54 PM

55. Gimme a fucking break

And spare me the "This is what makes our President so great" bullshit. Rmoney is a sociopath who doubled down on his racism and class warfare just days after the election. He is irrelevant. Fuck him.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:56 PM

58. Show Mitt the chair he'll never sit in!!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 02:36 PM

59. can't wait to see how Romney spins this

Remember what he said about Bill Clinton's phone call.

He's desperate to be a player.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 02:39 PM

60. Wrapped in a flag no doubt.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:23 PM

61. Reminds me of the conciliatory meeting that Bush had with Al Gore and John Kerry....

Oh, wait...

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Response to Liberal_Stalwart71 (Reply #61)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:30 PM

68. Reminds me of the conciliatory meeting that Clinton had with Dole

I'd much rather President Obama emulate President Clinton than Bush.

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Response to onenote (Reply #68)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:43 PM

70. True that, but I hope you understood what I was saying.

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Response to Liberal_Stalwart71 (Reply #70)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:59 PM

73. I do

I just don't know why some other DUers are particularly bothered (or in the words of one post I saw, "scared half to death") by the President doing this. Its completely consistent with (i) what he did after the 2008 election and (ii) what he said in his Thanksgiving message about putting the election behind us and coming together.

The fact that the repubs want to continue to wage all out partisan warfare shouldn't deter the President for taking a conciliatory stance towards Romney at this point. He can still battle the repub Congressional leadership (directly or through surrogates like Harry Reid) and if/when Romney decides to engage the issues (and I wonder whether he will), the President can respond then.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:26 PM

62. Fuck Mitt...Make the sociopath buy a tourist ticket.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:57 PM

63. Is this traditional protocol for the reelected incumbent to have the defeated candidate....

.... over for lunch? What, a phone call from the defeated candidate isn't enough? Is this to soothe the wounded ones (the secessionists) who voted for Romney? What's to discuss? I'm all for being gracious, but isn't this gesture a wee bit much? PO may be placating Romney and his supporters, but he is scaring his democratic base half to death. What next...they'll come out of their closed lunch to speak to the 1% right wing Press? This is becoming a facepalm day...

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Response to ReRe (Reply #63)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:09 PM

64. Why would anyone be "scared half to death" by this move?

Seriously. What do folks who think this is such a bad idea think will happen? That Romney will hypnotize Obama? Obama and his team ran one of the most astute presidential campaigns in history and suddenly a bunch of folks on DUer are getting the vapors that Obama and his team will be seen being civil with Mitt Romney. The President gave a Thanksgiving message to the country that emphasized that the time has come to put the campaign behind us and remember what we have in common -- being Americans. Did that statement "scare" the Democratic base?

This isn't the first or last time that a president will sit down with a defeated opponent. Indeed, if Obama, having done so with McCain, didn't do so again with Romney (who got a greater number of popular votes than McCain and won more states), it would create a phony story that would simply be a distraction. So the benefits (avoiding that distraction) clearly outweigh the harm (imaginary as best I can tell).

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Response to onenote (Reply #64)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:47 PM

74. FORWARD, FORWARD, FORWARD!

This country is in a world of hurt right now. FORWARD was the motto, right? And let me see...I let slip my mind the many times the Republicans invited the Dems in after defeating them (mostly because I turned off my TV deeply depressed until the New Year arrived.)

And let me see.... here's a memory that IS fresh in my mind: one of the biggest blunders of POs first term was to slap his base down, demoralizing them to the point they didn't show up at the polls in the mid-term, turning the House back to the Repubs. (I WAS NOT one pf them, as a matter of fact.) And here's another fresh memory: how Romney and the wingers treated PO in the campaign. You yourself know they went way over the line.

Look it...everyone has a different way of looking at things. You probably think some of us are being rude to PO, criticizing him, for this diplomatic and "customary" gesture. We're not. We're defending him! Most of us know that you can't be nice to those people, and true to form, and mark my word, they will just slap PO in the face (proverbially) after its over. (I will admit I would feel allot better about this lunch date if Joe was going to attend.)

Peace. OK?

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Response to ReRe (Reply #63)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:57 AM

85. I think it's tradition

Kennedy invited Nixon to meet with him, Carter met with Gerald Ford (they later became pretty good friends), Bush I apparently met with Dukakis after the 1988 election, and I believe Bush met with Gore very briefly in 2000. I am not aware if he met with Kerry. Obama met with McCain in 2008 after the election.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:13 PM

65. "You see Mitt? If your campaign wasn't so fucked up all this could've been yours!!"

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:31 PM

69. I would suggest that President Obama serve Romney a BAKED CROW with feathers intact.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:53 PM

71. Keeps Romney in the news

because the Republicans would rather forget him and quickly. Even it wasn't tradition, it's a smart political move.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:55 PM

72. I hate to think of the taxpayers

paying for that sorry motherfucker a meal!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:15 PM

76. "Six Things Mitt Romney Should Avoid Saying at the White House Tomorrow"

1. "My house is bigger anyway."

2. "Can I just have a hug, please?"

3. "I brought you a gift."

4. "Are these cookies store-bought?"

5. "Ah, screw it — I'll take a beer!"

6. "Is that waiter wearing a wire?"


http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/11/mitt-romney-lunch-with-obama-at-white-house.html

President Obama is staying with tradition and being gracious. Whether we like it or not..he's the President of the whole country not just those who voted for him. It wouldn't really be a successful strategy to get all Rude Pundit on mitt's lying a$$.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:26 PM

77. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 2012.

 

Wait, he only gets lunch? I hope it's a baloney sandwich

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