President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney met for lunch at the White House on Thursday, their first face-to-face meeting since the bitter election campaign in which each man basically warned voters that the other risked destroying the economy.
A White House statement released after the meal said they had discussed America’s global leadership role and agreed on their desire to stay in touch.
“Romney congratulated the president for the success of his campaign and wished him well over the coming four years,” according to the White House account of the meal. “The focus of their discussion was on America’s leadership in the world and the importance of maintaining that leadership position in the future.”
“They pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future,” the statement said.