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November 28, 2012

WH suggests Obama-Romney lunch a celebration of democracy

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said there's no agenda for tomorrow's lunch between President Obama and his vanquished challenger, Republican Mitt Romney.

But he suggested the closed-door meal could be seen as a celebration of U.S. democracy, noting "we consistently have elections...without violence, anguish and disruptions" seen in other countries.

Despite a request from Fox News' Ed Henry, the president of the White House Correspondents' Association, no cameras will be allowed to record the event.

"We're going to let the two men who spent a great deal of time in the public eye over the course of the past year, both of them, have a private lunch together," Carney said.

Obama said at his first post-election press conference that Romney had had some ideas he agreed with; but Carney -- asked about whether Romney might be up for an open Commerce Department slot -- said Obama "does not have a specific assignment for Gov. Romney."


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