Obama-Romney: Lunch at 1600

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Images of President Barack Obama, left, and Republican Mitt Romney are seen on a monitor while a trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Nov. 7, 2012.

President Barack Obama said as he celebrated his re-election victory on Nov. 6 that he would welcome a meeting soon with Republican rival Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.

That meeting comes Thursday.

The two will have a private lunch at the White House, in the private dining room of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Press Secretary Jay Carney announced today.

“It will be the first opportunity they have had to visit since the election,” Carney’s statement added.

It will be closed to the press.

Obama won re-election with 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206.

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