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Mr. 47 Percent Goes to Washington to Meet With Obama

Posted: 11/30/2012 5:31 pm

For the life of me, I can't see why President Obama met with Mitt Romney on Thursday. Even the Republican Party is distancing itself from Mitt Romney. Romney, even after losing the election, continued to say that he lost because of all the gifts that President Obama gave out to minorities and young adults -- referring to "free" health care, forgiveness of college loan interest, free contraceptives to women and amnesty to what Romney refers to as "children of illegals" -- to name a few according to Romney. He previously mentioned during the campaign that 47 percent of the country are freeloaders and would not merit his attention, if he was elected. Thank God he was not elected.

This brings me back to my question of why would President Obama meet with Mitt Romney. There is very little that Romney can offer. As outsourcer and CEO of Bain industries, he closed plants and sent jobs overseas while making a whopping amount of money in the process. Although, Romney orchestrated the Massachusetts health care plan, on which the Affordable Care Act is based, he distanced himself from his own plan. He showed both during the primary and general election that he had little understanding of people beyond the 1 percent like himself.

If President Obama's purpose was to get a better understanding of the 1 percent, that would be the only reason I can think of to meet with Mitt Romney. But then again, he could talk to those like Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and other CEOs who are interested in helping America move forward, if he wants to gain insight on the 1 percent.

I understand that everything is political. President Obama will earn no brownie points with those who voted for Romney, if that was the reason. And when Romney's own party is trying to bury him alive, it doesn't seem like he needs a meeting with the president.

Here's the official statement released by the White House:

"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."

There were no photo opportunities and the two men met privately. I can only say that I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall. The meeting was closed press and only the two men dined together.

I cannot see any opportunities that would avail themselves in which Mr. 47 Percent would be needed to work on or discuss. This country is trying to move forward and not backwards to the 1950s where Mr. Romney wanted to take us.

I say let's just let bygones be bygones. Now hopefully, Mitt Romney will ride away in the sun on his horse like in an old western movie.

 

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