Obama and Romney eat chili, promise to stay in touch

November 29, 2012

President Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office after their lunch Nov. 29. (Pete Souza/White House)

President Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney dined Thursday on white turkey chili and southwestern grilled chicken salad, according to a statement from the White House on their first meeting since the election.    

"Romney congratulated the President for the success of his campaign and wished him well over the coming four years," the statement added. "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."

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters earlier that the media was barred from the lunch because "each man wanted to have a private conversation."

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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