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Photo, video: Mitt Romney hits White House for lunch with Obama

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Mitt Romney made it to the White House - if only for about an hour.

After a bitter presidential campaign, Romney had lunch with President Obama on Thursday at the president's invitation to discuss some of Romney's ideas on job creation and economic recovery.

While the unprecedented meeting was closed to the press, Lynn Sweet will be blogging more on what the two men discussed as details are reported.

Politico reported that American leadership - and turkey chili and Southwest chicken salad - was on the menu:

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's lunch Thursday focused on a discussion of "America's leadership in the world and the importance of maintaining that leadership position in the future," the White House said. There was no mention of any formal collaboration, but they "pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future." Lunch was white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad.

The Associated Press, quoting White House reports, said that Obama and Romney will try to maintain contact:

The White House says President Barack Obama's lunch with Republican Mitt Romney focused on America's leadership and the two presidential rivals pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together come up in the future.

Despite the bipartisan feel-good meetup and the possible promise of future discussions and cooperation, White House spokesman Jay Carney seemed to say there would be no official position made available for Mitt Romney:


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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrives for lunch at the White House on Thursday. Romney met with Obama after loosing election to him earlier this month to discuss job creation and other economic issues, according to Obama spokespeople. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

For his part, Romney arrived right on team and breezed in for his meeting with Obama. He then quickly and quietly slipped out.

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