Gov. Romney comes to the White House
November 29th, 2012
08:17 AM ET

Gov. Romney comes to the White House

President Obama welcomes his opponent in the 2012 campaign, Governor Mitt Romney, to the White House today for lunch. The much-anticipated meeting will happen today at 12:30p as the two men sit down in the private dining room of the White House. Unfortunately, there is no coverage of the event so we hope that the White House will release a photo.  Beyond that meeting, the only other meeting on the president's schedule is a meeting with American Nobel prize winners. That, too, is not open to the press. Presumably, the remainder of Obama's day will be spent behind closed doors, working on a solution to the impending fiscal cliff crisis. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will brief reporters while Romney and Obama are eating lunch.

For the full guidance released by the White House, click below.

10:25AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office (Closed Press)

10:45AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors

Oval Office (Closed Press)

12:15PM THE PRESIDENT meets with the 2012 American Nobel Prize winners

Oval Office (Closed Press)

12:30PM THE PRESIDENT and Governor Romney meet for lunch

Private Dining Room (Closed Press)

Briefing Schedule

12:45PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. acdcguy

    At least for one day the White House will finally look Presidential......it's been a long time...........

    November 29, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • Linda

      Only Presidential looking and acting people win elections to be President. And when they win the election twice, it's because, not only do they look and act presidential, but they have a proven track record.

      November 29, 2012 at 10:47 am |
      • Sofie

        #agreed

        November 29, 2012 at 10:49 am |
      • sassysticks53

        Bingo!

        November 29, 2012 at 11:14 am |
      • Caramon

        Does that also apply to President George Bush?

        November 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
      • jean2009

        Great summation Linda!

        November 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
      • Howard

        According to you Linda ... George W. Bush was Presidential, deserved to be President, and had a good track record ... and, I agree.

        November 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • drod

      Mitt Lost Obama Won. Let it go man...let it go.

      November 29, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • December 2012

      WHY? IS MITT TAKING A RAIN CHECK? GOOD. THE WHITE HOUSE DOESN'T NEED THE 'STENCH'

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      November 29, 2012 at 11:08 am |
      • Howard

        This blog site doesn't need the 'stench' ... and, yet you're still allowed to post here.

        November 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        OF COURSE I'M ALLOWED TO POST HERE. I DIDN'T HAVE A BACKSTABBER FOR A RUNNING MATE.

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        November 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • jean

      get over it buddy, Obama is in there for four more years, and what a great president he is.

      November 29, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Mike B

      Denial is more than just a river in Africa.

      November 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  2. JESTER

    looking presidential and being presidential are two different things. Obama is both.

    November 29, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  3. clarke

    I wonder what's for lunch?

    November 29, 2012 at 9:37 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      The Republicans have already served up KICKED TO THE CURB SANDWICHES to ol' Mitt, so my guess is, the President just might be in the mood to serve up JUST DESSERTS. Bon Appetit.

      November 29, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      I wonder if "THE LITTLE MATTER OF YOUR TAX EVASION" is on the menu??

      November 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
      • Howard

        RELEASE the fast and furious files ... release the Benghazi files ... release Obama's college and passport files ... remember Obama's promise of transparency ??? ... you obama stooges like to kick your opponent when he's down ... even after you've won the election ... you're scum.

        November 29, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • Mike B

      If I were the President, I would have slipped into the kitchen and peed in his cobb salad.

      November 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Glad you're not President. You need to move past those bad-boy movies.

        November 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  4. Name* Richard van Abbe

    There should be no Cabinet post or administration role for Mitt Romney. He's anunprincipled hypocrite who ran a vicious campaign full of lies And boasted of his contempt for nearly half the American people. There are many able people in the U.S. well-qualified to serve this administration. Romney is not one of them.

    November 29, 2012 at 9:49 am |
  5. ABDELHAMID 'SAM' IBRAHIM SAMARA

    SMART + PROFESSIONAL = AMARICAN PRODUCTIVE BRAIN = USA 4-7-1776

    REPUBLICAN

    November 29, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  6. smkvas

    Lunch Menu Specials for today: Money taken away from hard working middle class.
    Starter: under the name of closing the loopholes, mortgage deductions, dependent child deductions.
    Main Course: Tax increases on all
    Dessert: Social security, Medicare Medicaid benefits reduced.
    In the end both parties and all sides will screw the middle class and protect the lobbyist from both sides. They will do the mistakes and we will pay for it.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:16 am |
  7. Sofie

    If only Mitt could stop making borderline racist comments I could really like him

    November 29, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  8. Caramon

    Okay, I would have to give a thumbs up to the President for meeting with Mitt. Romney has good business sense and understands the economy. This would be a good time to tap into Mitt's ideas. I would find it interesting to see what comes out of it.

    November 29, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      The juiciest, most delectable item on the menu would definetly be, "HOW THE WEALTHY HIDE THEIR MONEY.

      November 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        I'm sure that the President would be willing to give Mitt public kudos for a few good business ideas of his IN TRADE for that info. Bring it on boys – Enquir-ing minds want to know, will it be splashed on the pages of the rags or, will he give up TRADE SECRETS.....in secret.

        November 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Bob

      Myth Rmoney, the tax cheat and LIAR, has ZERO "good" ideas.

      November 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • NELSON

      The president is just showing a good sportsmanship, he has nothing to do with Romney's advice. you might want to find out how many CEO's the president meet every time he invite them to the white house.

      November 29, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
  9. judy

    what mittens is eating is crow. Nice gesture on the presidents part but do you really think mittens has all that much to say on the economy. The president has many advisors Buffett and now a bunch of new CEOs. Mitt has lots of money but some was given to him and what he did make he made by breaking companies and shipping jobs over seas. Not quite the same as creating jobs in the USA

    November 29, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • Caramon

      Judy, Mitt did not simply break companies and ship them oversees. He invested in a number of businesses in the US that became successful. Staples is a very good example employing about 90,000 today. It started as a single business that Bain invested in. Buffet and the other CEOs have not governed a state. As many of you have stated before the election, running government is not like running a business. Romney has experience in both. If Mitt Romney were truly eating crow, then maybe he would have declined the invitation. Give him at least some credit.

      November 29, 2012 at 11:26 am |
      • jean2009

        Actually Staples is much like Wal-Mart it has driven out small existing office supply businesses, under-cut new big box competitors so they most often they open and close within a year. However, Staples is currently in the process of closing many of its stores, cutting store square foot size, cutting staff, and concentrating more on online sales. I think due to their eradication of local competition more people are shopping on line.

        November 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
      • Bob

        FAIL – Rmoney is a liar and tax cheat.

        November 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
      • Caramon

        Bob, where is your proof that he cheated on taxes? I am certain that if we look back to 2008 we will find some promises left unfulfilled by the President. Your candidate won the election. Maybe you should listen when he called for civility. Or were those just meaningless words?

        November 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
      • Bob

        "Bob, where is your proof that he cheated on taxes?"

        The simple FACT he would not release his tax returns. End of story.

        November 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
      • Caramon

        Bob, you have issues.

        November 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  10. jean2009

    At the very least we should appreciate the fact that these two men can act like adults.

    November 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Caramon

      I agree 100 percent.

      November 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  11. freedom

    It should be the other way around.

    November 29, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      I AGREE. MITT ROMNEY SHOULD PAY FOR HIS OWN LUNCH AND TREAT THE WINNER.

      November 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
      • freedom

        Winner? All of America lost on Nov. 6th. And Mitt Romney's generosity should not be ridiculed. He would have refused his salary as president as he did when he was governor, and head of the Olympics. Obama takes all the taxpayer money to go out on date nights to NY and extended Hawaii vacations. Winner?

        November 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        OBAMA IS THE WINNER AND YOU ARE A WHINER. STOP EATING SOUR GRAPES FOR LUNCH.

        November 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
      • freedom

        No one is going to stand for yours and the president's bullying mentality anymore. Makes you fell big and smart? Again, it's not about winning or losing. It's about what's best for the country. I think Romney and Ryan would have lead this country in a much sounder direction. It's a free country – I am entitled to my opinion.

        November 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
      • Bob

        "And Mitt Romney's generosity should not be ridiculed"

        WHAT "generosity"????? He gives his ill-gotten money to his CULT.

        The rest he hides overseas in tax havens.

        November 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Caramon

      Maybe he could treat at McDonalds

      November 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        I DON'T THINK HE WILL ORDER THE 'HAPPY' MEAL.

        November 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
      • Caramon

        How about something new, the McMitt

        November 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        His dog Shamus might have suggested, McMutt. Then we'd all be on equal footing. God Bless, America.

        November 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        I'LL TAKE FRIES WITH BOTH

        November 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
  12. dax

    Its amazing that no reporter at the White House ever ask the question about CO WA legalizing cannabis..Makes me wander if they are doing back door deals before Obama comes out letting states do their own thing on cannabis .Insider trading is perfectly legal among politicians...

    November 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  13. Dan B

    And Obama might have suggested Seamus as a meal. I mean really? It's time for everyone to move on from Romney. I don't see why you Democrats are still attacking Romney. He isn't your problem and he has no power...

    November 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      Your reading comprehension is sagging under the weight of your eyelids. Happens to the best of us.

      November 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
      • Dan B

        I know you guys do not accept criticism of Obama, and my personal beef right now is with Reid, so I'll just stop trying to criticize him in response to your false criticisms of Republicans.

        November 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        OH SURE, PICK ON ANOTHER MORMON.

        November 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  14. Lance D.

    Poor Obambi-Poo - not a very good day for the POTUS. Gov. Romney was not invited to the W.H. for an hour of turkey chili and general domestic/foreign chit-chat. Whatever the Devious One (and possibly Deval Patrick) had in mind, a thousand tipped-off Republican eyes were on guard like hawks. The Democrats were prepared to steam roll their version of the budget over the GOP - nice try fools, no matter how you spin it. Last, it is a happy day for the Palestinians. The United States is on record as opposing the U.N. upgrade. A good day for Romney - as Obama's grasp on power slowly continues to deteriorate.

    November 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
  15. judy

    well the president gave him a little over an hour of his time.camaron I know that mitt invested in American companies too. Yes I know about staples ask the employees how much they make. Mitt made a bundle for the investors though. He also hides his money overseas so explain that one. we should make a law that if you run for president you not only have to show tax returns but not get out of paying your taxes.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
  16. Dan B

    What are you talking about December, I supported Romney, or as you would know him Satan. And I don't care what race or religion he is... A Mormon can be just as stupid or smart as anyone else.

    November 29, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
    • Dan B

      And Harry Reid isn't the smart choice.

      November 29, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
  17. kathy/Minnesota

    Ha ha, I know mittens was hella mad, "just think, if I coulda lied better/more, or the american ppl were stupid, I could live here"

    December 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm |