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Obama and Romney to have lunch tomorrow at the White House

posted at 10:33 am on November 28, 2012 by

Dude, three words: Secretary of Business.

It will be the first meeting since the election’s end.

However, the White House said there will be no press coverage of the meeting.

Given O’s famous disdain for Mitt and Romney’s natural awkwardness, that joint presser would have been one for the ages. Pity it’s not happening.

Exit question: Is this pure window dressing, designed to show the public that Obama’s a bipartisan kinda guy so that he can blame House Republicans for obstruction if the fiscal-cliff talks break down? Or does he actually want to offer Romney some sort of position? Hint hint.

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Why exactly is this even happening? Also, heck of a job selling out your running mate Romney.

Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I hope Romney does turn down any position that’s offered. It’ll only hurt his image when everything goes to crap, because Obama will be looking for a fall guy and the Bush card is just about played out.

Doughboy on November 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Who cares about Romney’s image at this point?

He may be a good guy, but he took his shot. He’s done in politics.

ElectricPhase on November 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Romney has absolutely nothing to lose… His running mate, aka the guy who hasn’t thrown Romney under the bus to further his 2016 ambitions, does. So heck of a job undermining Ryan and the House Republicans there Romney. If this turns out to be true, then I’m fully behind Jindal’s little slash job on Romney.

Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

I believe Romney we be the man he’s always been .
He will impart his knowledge on business and
moving the country in the right direction .
Jokeoff well give his snide smile while scratching
his nose with his middle finger .

Lucano on November 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM

It’s a trap!

SAZMD on November 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Why? Is Romney that dense that he doesn’t know he is getting used?

Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

All Romney does by accepting the invitation is condone Obama’s dishonest campaign.

Romney should have declined and been photographed doing something virtuous on the day scheduled for the luncheon.

Better yet, he should have sent Obama a life-size Mitt cutout with the note, “No, thanks, Mr. President. But here’s a stand-in, knowing that all you want to do is use me for a photo-op.”

BuckeyeSam on November 28, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Before anyone jumps to conclusions, Romney accepted an invitation from President Obama to meet with him. How you get he is throwing Ryan under the bus is a little premature.

And if Romney can help improve the economy, isnt that a good thing? Isnt that why many of us voted for him? I do hope Romney goes into this meeting with his eyes wide open.

WyoMike on November 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I hope Romney politely listens to the offer, then slams his fist on the desk and yells ‘Not only no, but HELL NO!’.

txsurveyor on November 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM

1. Romney taking the lead in the fiscal lift negotiations or providing Obama bipartisan cover undermines the House Republicans, especially Ryan who is the only prominent House Republican with Presidential ambitions that I know of. Boehner is probably going to retire soon, so who cares what happens to crybaby.

2. As a charter member of LIB, I think that around 51% of the country needs a bit of tough medicine. Romney helping Barry fix the economy validates that class warfare and using the Treasury as an ATM are good fiscal policies. It means that the bozos in the electorate will keep voting for Ds.

Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

My first reaction when I heard of the meeting was DON’T GO!!! But then that is more my style than Mitt Romney’s.

I am sure he knows this is O’s PHOTO OP and with all the Repubs…dissing him left and right, he owes them nothing.

I am not jumping to conclusions until we know more.

CoffeeLover on November 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Jindal and Gingrich dissed him.. Neither are currently members of Congress.

Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I am ambivalent about this. Romney is savvy enough to understand he will likely get the blame if things continue to deteriorate, but he also subscribes to the point of view that there is no limit to what you can achieve if you don’t care who gets the credit. Quite possibly, Romney would not care if Obama got the credit if he could right our economic ship. This could be bad politically for the GOP, but he was never much of a politician. I will be watching this one play out with trepidation.

Kristamatic on November 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Mr. Severely Conservative.

tommy71 on November 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I don’t care either way about the meeting, but why would Obama need Romney as a Sec of Business, or to lead anything related to the fiscal cliff? Isn’t that basically admitting that Obama is incapable, has no plan of his own? Obama won, and with that comes the responsibility of actually doing his job…Romney shouldn’t let him off the hook.

changer1701 on November 28, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Will Mitt take hugging lessons from Chris Christie?

Fallon on November 28, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Ryan should never have trusted Romney.

portlandon on November 28, 2012 at 11:26 AM

John Huntsman Part II.

portlandon on November 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Look out Mitt, this is a huge photo op, for bho, trap! bho will do nothing you suggest if he asks, period!
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letget on November 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Dude, three words: Secretary of Business.

Dude, three word reply: Go F*ck Yourself.

The Rogue Tomato on November 28, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Well.. I guess lessons learned. We should all start rooting for Jindal’s cynical self-serving Romneyunder the bus act.

Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 11:29 AM

If Romney is doing this as an act of cordiality, then fine. How he responds to Obama’s trap, i.e., Team O’s political expediency and usefulness*, will reveal a great deal. I sure hope this won’t be an “I told ya so” moment for many of us.

*See http://imgur.com/pFnHZ.

conservative pilgrim on November 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

“If you can’t beat ‘em, Join ‘em.”

-Willard Mitt Romney McDole-Huntsman III.

portlandon on November 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Rush Limbaugh suggested, a few days after the election, and with no irony implied, that Obama should appoint Romney to a created position entitled “Secretary of Business.”

Which is precisely why Obama would never, in a million years, actually do this.

Compare to early in the summer when Sarah Palin suggested that Obama replace Biden with Hillary as his running mate. Once Palin suggested it, it poisoned the idea from ever becoming reality.

Right Mover on November 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Mr. Mitt Bainselfdeport Huntsman

tommy71 on November 28, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I think you’re blowing it out of proportion. No press means no photo op, and I can’t believe he’d ask Romney to lead the negotiations or anything of the sort. That would be an open admission on Obama’s part that Romney is better able to manage those things than he is, and we’ve not seen any evidence that he has that kind of humility. Plus, how do you go from ‘oooh, Bain is evil’ to picking the guy who started Bain, the one who supposedly loved closing factories and sending jobs overseas?

changer1701 on November 28, 2012 at 11:35 AM

“Mitt… can you just run the country for me while I go golfing? Thanks.”

The Rogue Tomato on November 28, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Umm.. Considering this is mentioned in AP’s post, I don’t think I am. Plus, why even give Barry a stupid photo op or whatever he is after? Just stay in CA and take the grandkids to Disney.

Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Milk summit.

wolly4321 on November 28, 2012 at 11:43 AM

“Mitt… can you just run the country for me while I go golfing? Thanks.”

The Rogue Tomato on November 28, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Best-case scenario. Seriously.

Prufrock on November 28, 2012 at 11:43 AM

“Mitt… can you just run the country for me while I go golfing? Thanks.”

The Rogue Tomato on November 28, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Obamateurism Of The Lifetime!

22044 on November 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Umm.. Considering this is mentioned in AP’s post, I don’t think I am. Plus, why even give Barry a stupid photo op or whatever he is after? Just stay in CA and take the grandkids to Disney.

Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM

AP was just speculating as part of the exit question…there’s nothing else to suggest it’ll actually happen. Do you really believe Obama is humble enough to outright admit he’s in over his head by selecting his rival to lead these talks?

changer1701 on November 28, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Not lead the talks… Just endorse Obama’s position in the name of bipartisanship.

Illinidiva on November 28, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Christie is jealous. Hes gonna huff and puff and blow his own governors mansion down.

tommy71 on November 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM

AP was just speculating as part of the exit question…there’s nothing else to suggest it’ll actually happen. Do you really believe Obama is humble enough to outright admit he’s in over his head by selecting his rival to lead these talks?

changer1701 on November 28, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Obama is cynical enough to set up his rival for failure. Knowing Romney is progressive but many people imagine him conservative, he will use this to damage conservatism.

astonerii on November 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I just laughed out loud at the “milk summit” comment.

The problem with this is Romney truly is a team player and loves this country. Which wouldn’t be a problem except Obama is a self-serving manipulative snake.

byepartisan on November 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Oh how sweet. Romney is having lunch with the nice guy he really likes.

bgibbs1000 on November 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Mitt should bring spurned Barry bf Reggie Love.

BHO Jonestown on November 28, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Why?
A position with Maobama? Really? Why would he even consider being a part of such corruption?

Mimzey on November 28, 2012 at 12:05 PM

The problem with this is Romney truly is a team player and loves this country. Which wouldn’t be a problem except Obama is a self-serving manipulative snake.

byepartisan on November 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM

You really did not think that out, did you? Just let the diarrhea spew forth with attempt at all to squeeze the sphincter shut?

Obama is not on our team. If Romney was worth much of anything, he would KNOW this. Romney is not worth much of anything. I do not see Romney as being on our team. He is like the double agent that is really faking the double part.

astonerii on November 28, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Oh please, dear Governor Romney!

You are the one who should be in our White House. Why would you do to yourself what Christie did to you?

thepoint on November 28, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Secretary of Business.

That would be as likely as Boehner nominating Grayson for Energy & Commerce.

lester on November 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM

asteronii, your vulgarity is unnecessary. You don’t have to try to be so clever with the imagery and language.

byepartisan on November 28, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Romney is savvy enough to understand he will likely get the blame if things continue to deteriorate, but he also subscribes to the point of view that there is no limit to what you can achieve if you don’t care who gets the credit.

Kristamatic on November 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

WTF? How in Hades can Romney be blamed for a deteriorating economy? He held no political office prior to the election.

Mitoch55 on November 28, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Milk summit.

wolly4321 on November 28, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Green Jell-O summit.

steebo77 on November 28, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Obama and Romney to have lunch tomorrow at the White House

Who’s picking up the tab?

Oh, that’s right. We are.

UltimateBob on November 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Obama is cynical enough to set up his rival for failure. Knowing Romney is progressive but many people imagine him conservative, he will use this to damage conservatism.

astonerii

You guys crack me up. On one hand, Romney lost because nobody believed he was conservative. On the other hand, this will damage conservatism because many people out there believe Romney is a conservative, lol.

Too too funny. It’s lunch, people. Can we at least let the tea be served before having the mandatory ABR meltdown, lol?

Compare to early in the summer when Sarah Palin suggested that Obama replace Biden with Hillary as his running mate. Once Palin suggested it, it poisoned the idea from ever becoming reality.

Right Mover

Ahhh yes, more ‘nista-cult-inspired delusion. Biden was never going to be replaced by Hillary, or anyone else, no matter how many times you cultists try and claim victory for preventing something was never going to happen.

xblade on November 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM

This reminds me of Nixon meeting with JFK after JFK had stolen the 1960 election. Nixon knew he was ripped off, but was unwilling to put the nation through the trauma of contesting the election. There’s more to obama’s election than vote fraud, but I see this as a conciliatory gesture by Romney.

paul1149 on November 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Don’t think it’s an olive-branch because Romney isn’t influencing anything on the Republican side now. Obama has never shown an inclination for bi-partisanship.

Maybe O wants Romney to admit to more perceived electoral failure (e.g. immigration) to further undermine republicans for the long-haul.

There is no upside for Romney in working for Obama.

virgo on November 28, 2012 at 1:05 PM

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