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Photo: Obama and Romney Meet in Oval Office

President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office following their lunch, Nov. 29, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office following their lunch, Nov. 29, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



Count this as a promise delivered. 

During his election night victory speech on Nov. 6, President Obama said that he looked forward to "sitting down with Gov. Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward." He added at a Nov. 14 press conference that he admired Romney's success in running the Salt Lake City Olympics and that "there are certain aspects of Governor Romney's record and his ideas that I think could be very helpful."

Making good on that pledge, the now former foes met at the White House for lunch on Thursday to reportedly discuss the role of U.S. leadership in the world. 

The meeting is part of a reoccuring healing process that has taken place after the last several presidential election cycles. Click to see a visual history of presidents meeting with the challengers they defeated.  

As proof that the meeting happened, the White House released a photograph of Obama and Romney talking in the Oval Office following their lunch. Press wasn't permitted but the White House did offer some table scraps of information: the men dined on white turkey chili and southwestern grilled chicken salad.

Update 11/30, 2:00 p.m. 

Tom Shoop has more details on what the two men discussed over at FedBlog

Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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