Obama-Romney Meeting Not About Job Offer ‘That I’m Aware Of,’ Carney Says

November 29, 2012 - 4:54 PM

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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney exchange views during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

(CNSNews.com) – Just three weeks after a bitter contest, President Barack Obama met for lunch Thursday with his defeated opponent former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.

Though the lunch was a bipartisan outreach, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the discussion was not about an administration post for Romney.

“Without giving any specifics, this was a conversation the president wanted to have with Gov. Romney as he mentioned, I think, the night of the election,” Carney said.”You know, there was not an agenda that involved a proposal that I’m aware of. He’s very interested in some of Gov. Romney’s ideas, and I’m sure they will or have already compared experiences on the campaign trail.”

The lunch included white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad, according to the White House after the meeting concluded.

The vague description of the meeting said, “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.”

Carney believed the two were probably comparing experiences on the campaign trail.

“Think about it. There aren’t that many people who have run and been nominees for their party. There aren’t that many people you can talk to who know what it’s like to do what these two gentlemen did in the past year,” Carney said. “I think they’ll talk about that.”

Pressed on whether Romney would be asked to serve in any role, Carney again said, “There is none that I’m aware of. I can’t dictate what the president says let alone what Gov. Romney says. But I don’t think that’s what this conversation is about.”