Just over three weeks after US President Barack
Obama won a second term over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the
two rivals met again - this time over lunch.
The former rivals spent an hour dining on white-bean turkey chili and Tex-Mex grilled chicken salad in a private room, the White House said. The table was reportedly set for two, and no press were granted access to cover the meeting.
"Governor Romney congratulated the president for the success of his campaign and wished him well over the coming four years," spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.
"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."
In his first press conference following this month's election, Obama had said he hoped to meet with Romney to to discuss some of the Massachusetts ex-governor's ideas.
"There are certain aspects of Governor Romney's record and his ideas that I think could be very helpful," Obama said, noting for example that his work righting the scandal-plagued 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics could have lessons for reforming government.
In response to reporters questions at the daily White House briefing, Carney said there was no plan to offer Romney any post in the Obama administration and stressed that Obama was interested in Romney's thoughts on government efficiency.
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