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Obama to meet Romney Thursday

Obama to meet Romney Thursday President Barack Obama will host his former political rival Mitt Romney for a private lunch at the White House. (AP)

Wed, November 28, 2012 - 2:33 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will host his former political rival Mitt Romney for a private lunch at the White House Thursday, their first meeting since the election.

Obama promised in his victory speech earlier this month to engage with Romney following their bitter campaign and consider the Republican's ideas.

"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," Obama said at the time.

Obama aides said they reached out to Romney's team shortly before Thanksgiving to start working on a date for the meeting. The two men will meet in the White House's private dining room, with no press coverage expected.

In the days after his loss, Romney told top donors that the president was re-elected because of the "gifts" Obama provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters, all of which are core Obama constituencies.

"The president's campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift," Romney said.

Many Republican officials, eager to move on quickly after the loss, disputed Romney's comments and urged the party to focus on being more inclusive.

While in Washington, Romney will also meet with his former running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, according to a Romney campaign aide. Ryan is back on Capitol Hill, where he's involved in negotiations to avert a series of automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts that have come to be known as the "fiscal cliff."

Much of that debate centers on expiring tax cuts first passed by George W. Bush. Obama and Romney differed sharply during the campaign over what to do with the cuts, with the Republican pushing for them to be extended for all income earners and the president running on a pledge to let the cuts expire for families making more than $250,000 a year.

The White House sees Obama's victory as a signal that Americans support his tax proposals.

Obama and Romney's sit-down Thursday will likely be their most extensive private meeting ever. The two men had only a handful of brief exchanges before the 2012 election.

Even after their political fates became intertwined, their interactions were largely confined to the three presidential debates.

Romney has virtually disappeared from politics following his loss in the Nov. 6 election. He's spent the last three weeks largely in seclusion at his family's southern California home. He has made no public appearances, drawing media attention only after being photographed at Disneyland in addition to stops at the movies and the gym with his wife, Ann.

Former aides confirm that Romney is expected to move into an office at the Boston-area venture capital firm Solamere Capital. The firm was founded by his oldest son, Tagg Romney, and Spencer Zwick, who served as his presidential campaign's national finance chairman.

 

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Posted by D. Stoute 1 year, 10 months ago
Why he wants to meet with this shape shifter is beyond me. Why does he want ideas from a man who willingly hides his assets in foreign countries? Why does Mr. Obama want to meet with a man who not so long ago demeaned his character incessantly? Why does he feel the need to cozy up to these people who hate him? Mr. Obama, why do you want to talk to this man who lies without batting an eye? Is he going to discuss the supposedly free stuff you handed out to win the election?

God Almighty, let's hope he doesn't offer him some cabinet post.

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 10 months ago
@d stoute..WELL FOR ONE, AS HE STATED IN HIS CAMPAIGN, HE WILL BE THE PRESIDENT OF 100%OF AMERICA,EVEN MITT ROMNEY...NO DISRESPECT HERE, BUT{ RICH MITT IS ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT LIST}. HE PROMISED THAT HE WILL REACH ACROSS PARTY LINES FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY.HE WILL.HE HAS THE COURTESY TO ALLOW MITT. TO EXPERIENCE WHAT LIFE in the white house.IS LIKE FOR ONE DAY, WHILE HE AND FIRST FAMILY LIVES there FOR 8 YEARS,HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY... CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PRESIDENT AND MAY HIM AND HIS FAMILY BE BLESSED

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Posted by Mary Yearwood 1 year, 10 months ago
@ D. Stoute. The answer is simple. He wants to show those hateful Republican operatives that he is bigger than they are. He wants to heal the bitterly divided nation, and this is an excellent first step.

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Posted by Olutoye WALROND 1 year, 10 months ago
I thought Wayne Husbands was a Barbadian all along. Seem I was wrong 'cause he's talking about "our President". As far as I know Barbados does not have a President.

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 10 months ago
WHEREVER I HANG MY HAT IS MY HOME, AND I BEEN LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES FOR OVER 40 YEARS, BARBADOS IS MY BIRTH HOME AND I AM BAJAN, BUT I PAY INCOME TAXES TO UNCLE SAM. REAL TING

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 10 months ago
@MR. WALDRON...IT HAS SOME NOT SO TERRIFIC MINISTERS SUCH AS MR, DUKID...LOL

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Posted by RANDY BRIDGEMAN 1 year, 10 months ago
It's called being magnanimous in victory. In other words, the victor treats his defeated opponent with grace and dignity. It's a quality sadly lacking nowadays.

Now some will assert that President Obama had a political/ulterior motive for inviting Mr. Romney to lunch with him at the White House. That his reason for the invite may not have necessarily been altruistic. There may be some truth to this. However, since it's impossible to truly know what's in a person's mind, we have to accept the invitation at face value unless something pops up to lead us to believe otherwise.

If one digs deep enough and sometimes just beyond the surface, one will find all and more of the things of which D. Stoute accuses Mr. Romney in far too many politicians, local or international. It's the nature of the beast we call politics. A dirty, filthy game that men and women play. The very few righteous politicians who seek no more than to be the people's servant and not to lord it over anyone as opposed to gaining riches, fame/notoriety and the like, must feel as isolated as a person sentenced to solitary confinement on an island.

I'm praying that the Lord will raise up GOD-fearing, selfless men and women of decency, character, honesty, integrity, intelligence/wisdom, who will take over the political reins of nations and rule righteously on behalf of the Lord and therefore for the people. Men and women who won't be afraid to speak the truth in any matter.

Am asking my Christian brothers/sisters irrespective of your location, to pray long and intensely that the great GOD whom we serve, will hear us and work through us to bring healing and salvation to the nations. Thanks.

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Posted by D. Stoute 1 year, 10 months ago
@Randy Bridgeman: A little historical research indicates that magnanimity has absolutely nothing to do with Obama's post-election meeting with Romney the White House. It is a long-standing tradition (of which I was unaware) in US presidential politics.

In all the presidential elections I've observed in the US, to my recollection this post-election meeting seems to have been the most public. There really was no ulterior motive on Obama's part; much to my relief, he was simply following presidential tradition.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/11/visual-history-presidents-awkwardly-meeting-losers-they-defeated/59403/

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