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Obama Romney Lunch Photo: President, Former Challenger Dine At White House

11/29/2012 03:19 pm ET | Updated Nov 30, 2012

President Barack Obama and his former GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, had lunch together at the White House Thursday, in their first meeting since this month's election.

The lunch meeting was closed to the press and no Obama or Romney aides were to attend, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday. The White House released this photo of the two in the Oval Office following their lunch:

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Following the meeting, the White House released a readout of how it went:

This afternoon, President Obama and Governor Romney visited for an hour over lunch in the Private Dining Room adjacent to the Oval Office. Governor Romney congratulated the President for the success of his campaign and wished him well over the coming four years. 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. Their lunch menu included white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad.

Post-election meetings like this one are a tradition. Here's a look back at past meetings, via The Atlantic Wire.

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