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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:25 AM

Obama to have lunch with Romney at the White House tomorrow

http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/11/obama-and-romney-to-have-lunch-tomorrow-150497.html

A lot has happened since Obama made clear after his lopsided electoral win - and three-point popular vote win - that he would reach out to Romney in the hopes of working together going forward, such as the Republican candidate's call with donors detailing how the president won the race by promising "gifts" to consituencies like African-Americans, Hispanics, younger voters and women.

The Romneys, by all accounts, have had a hard time in the last few weeks with the fact of the loss, but the lunch may be a step toward moving past it - and toward the former candidate moving toward the next phase of his life.


I read on Twitter that apparently this is a tradition that goes back to 1960, when Kennedy had lunch with Nixon and they joked that they didn't know who really won. I know Obama met with McCain after the 2008 election, but I don't remember if Clinton or Bush did this.

Apparently the president also plans to meet with Ryan at some point in the near future.

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Reply Obama to have lunch with Romney at the White House tomorrow (Original post)
democrattotheend Nov 2012 OP
geek tragedy Nov 2012 #1
Freddie Nov 2012 #31
yellowcanine Nov 2012 #2
onehandle Nov 2012 #7
WI_DEM Nov 2012 #3
JoePhilly Nov 2012 #13
Whisp Nov 2012 #19
Tutonic Nov 2012 #4
LiberalFighter Nov 2012 #6
onehandle Nov 2012 #5
LiberalElite Nov 2012 #36
Proud Liberal Dem Nov 2012 #8
democrattotheend Nov 2012 #9
ProudProgressiveNow Nov 2012 #10
vilify Nov 2012 #25
democrattotheend Nov 2012 #34
Jamaal510 Nov 2012 #35
shawn703 Nov 2012 #11
Third Doctor Nov 2012 #12
Grammy23 Nov 2012 #15
DFW Nov 2012 #14
democrattotheend Nov 2012 #16
DFW Nov 2012 #18
democrattotheend Nov 2012 #20
DFW Nov 2012 #21
Cha Nov 2012 #17
11 Bravo Nov 2012 #22
mnhtnbb Nov 2012 #23
Cha Nov 2012 #24
agracie Nov 2012 #27
Cha Nov 2012 #28
agracie Nov 2012 #26
ann--- Nov 2012 #29
democrattotheend Nov 2012 #32
ann--- Nov 2012 #39
Cali_Democrat Nov 2012 #40
Kyad06 Nov 2012 #30
democrattotheend Nov 2012 #33
Coyotl Nov 2012 #37
Jimbo S Nov 2012 #38

Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:26 AM

1. Parting gift for Romney. nt

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:56 PM

31. A case of Rice-a-Roni?

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:29 AM

2. Will be a bitter sweet moment for Romney - seeing all the trappings of the WH.

OTOH the WH does not have a car elevator.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:36 AM

7. Yeah, but it does have surface to air missiles.

Rmoney will never have those.

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:30 AM

3. 'Now let me show you the oval office where you will never work out of'

Romney was so cock-sure he was going to win. I don't feel a bit sorry for him.

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Response to WI_DEM (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:03 PM

13. ... and here is the chair you will never sit in.

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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #13)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:40 PM

19. heh.



threw me into gales of laughter for some reason.

maybe because it's really funny?





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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:32 AM

4. Prez will meet with Ryan at a soup kitchen.

oh and give lots of "gifts" to Romney.

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Response to Tutonic (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:35 AM

6. How many clean pots and kettles will he clean?

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:34 AM

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

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Response to onehandle (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 07:17 AM

36. 53% of a shit sandwich but only 47% of the dessert nt

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:55 AM

8. Oh to be a fly on the wall for that meeting

I wonder if the whole "free stuff" thing might come up in their conversation? Please proceed.............

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:16 AM

9. That would definitely be interesting

I would love to be a fly on the wall at this one. And in 2016, if Christie runs, I would love to be a fly on the wall when Romney casts his vote.

I would have loved to be a fly in the voting booth when the Clintons voted in 2008 and when McCain voted in 2004.

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Response to democrattotheend (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:59 AM

10. +1 nt

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Response to democrattotheend (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:27 PM

25. You should just be a fly in general lol

 

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Response to vilify (Reply #25)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:22 PM

34. It would get me into a lot of interesting places

And I would get to fly...I sometimes have dreams about being able to fly and it's pretty cool.

But I think I like talking too much.

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Response to democrattotheend (Reply #34)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:23 PM

35. Plus I think the lifespan of a fly is less than a week.

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:29 PM

11. Ann forgot to cancel the order for the drapes

Obama is just being a stand-up guy and letting Romney pick up the packages.

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:59 PM

12. Obama is a classy guy.

He is a lot more gracious than I would be.

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Response to Third Doctor (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:12 PM

15. Agree with that. President Obama is a first class kind of man and is honoring his


election night statement. I do think he wants to do the right thing and help the entire country (even those who voted for Romney) to move on and move forward. It's not just a saying for him. I do think he wants all of us to do better and to see a better day.....unlike Mr. Romney who only thought about the other half after he got caught making a very ugly statement that revealed his true feelings.

Part of me wanted him to just leave Romney dangling and never offer the invitation to the White House. After the nasty tone Romney took a few days after the election (when he gave a really decent concession speech), I was po'd and figured it would be a cold day in hell before he got invited for a meeting with President Obama. Lots of other politicians would have done that and never gotten an argument from anyone. But our guy is bigger than that. I am proud of him for doing what he said he would do.

I like the spine I am seeing from our President but being decent to a guy he just whooped so soundly is a first class thing to do! And shouldn't surprise any of us.

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:07 PM

14. Who's taking bets that Romney would have invited Obama for a chat, had Romney won?

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But Obama IS a classy guy. Hell, he even met with ME last July. Now, THAT'S a gesture, let me tell you!

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Response to DFW (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:15 PM

16. Did you actually get to meet him?

If so, you are very lucky. I got to shake his hand four years ago but have never had the chance to talk to him, sadly. Maybe someday.

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Response to democrattotheend (Reply #16)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:23 PM

18. For about an hour.

Thread here from last summer: http://www.democraticunderground.com/125170848

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Response to DFW (Reply #18)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:53 PM

20. Ok, now I am very jealous.

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Response to democrattotheend (Reply #20)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:56 PM

21. But at least now you know why

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:20 PM

17. So, the next day after "the lunch".. Will Willard

go out and brag how the President said he thought Romney would win except along came Sandy? What lie will he come up with to soothe his savage sociopathic soul?

If it's mitt he's lying. Everything in the campaign that he did to win ..Didn't work. And, we know he did anything to win..he just didn't have what it takes.

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:58 PM

22. Your choice, Mitt. Eat crow, or eat shit. Nobody cares, but just eat something and go away.

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:27 PM

23. I hope he doesn't expect Michelle to entertain Ann.

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:47 PM

24. "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

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Response to Cha (Reply #24)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:34 PM

27. Your sig line and that Romney photo go together perfectly !

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Response to agracie (Reply #27)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:42 PM

28. So it does! I

hadn't noticed..thanks, agracie

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:31 PM

26. Food fight !!! n/t

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:45 PM

29. More

butt-kissing by Obama. If he gives Rmoney any part in this administration, I will never, ever vote Dem again - ever.

You can't be nice to someone who has treated you so shabbily unless you have no self-respect. I hate to think that about Obama, but he would be no better than an abused wife going back for more bruises.

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Response to ann--- (Reply #29)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:04 PM

32. A lot of presidents have done this

It's a gracious thing to do.

I doubt he will offer Romney a role in the administration. He met with John McCain in 2008 and did not offer him a role.

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Response to democrattotheend (Reply #32)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 02:09 PM

39. However, most are

not gop butt-kissers, like Obama.

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Response to democrattotheend (Reply #32)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 02:14 PM

40. And we can see why...

McCain is unhinged! Romney maybe even more so.

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:15 PM

30. dont recall Bush ever doing this

Arrogant prick bragged about "political capital" he intended to spend instead.

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Response to Kyad06 (Reply #30)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:05 PM

33. I think he met with Gore very briefly

At Gore's VP residence. The media noted how brief the meeting was.

I don't recall him meeting with Kerry but that doesn't mean he didn't. I kind of tuned out for a little while after the 2004 election because I was depressed.

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 07:31 AM

37. "Support my budget deal, and I'll let you sit in the chair for one minute"

"Tell all those idiot Rs on the Hill to get their heads out of their asses, and you'll get a free lunch too"

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Response to democrattotheend (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 11:45 AM

38. I'm all for reaching across the aisle

but I don't see what Romney as an individual has to offer.

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