WASHINGTON -- President Obama and former campaign rival Mitt Romney will meet for a private lunch Thursday at the White House, fulfilling an offer that Obama made after his reelection victory.
The White House announced Wednesday morning that Obama and the former Republican presidential nominee will dine at an undisclosed time in the private dining room in the executive mansion. The event will be closed to reporters and photographers.
The meeting follows a statement from Obama on election night.
"In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward," the president said.
Obama, during a news conference held Nov. 14, offered some hints as to what their conversation might include.
"There are certain aspects of Governor Romney's record and his ideas that I think could be very helpful," Obama said. "To give you one example, I do think he did a terrific job running the Olympics. And you know, that skill set of trying to figure out how do we make something work better applies to the federal government."