It will be a private lunch as the media will not be invited.
Barack Obama has frequently spoke about a possible meeting between the two. This began at his victory speech on election night where he said he would get together with Mitt Romney “in the weeks ahead” for a conversation “about where we can work together to move this country forward.”
A week later Barack Obama said at a Nov. 14 press conference that the meeting had not yet been scheduled since “everybody needs to catch their breath” following the election but added to reporters ”there are certain aspects of Gov. Romney’s record and his ideas that I think could be very helpful.”
So now that the two are scheduled to “do lunch” what are they going to talk about?
Obama has previously mentioned Mitt Romney’s Olympics experience and explained he could glean something from it.
He said via Yahoo,
“I do think he did a terrific job running the Olympics. And that skill set of trying to figure out how do we make something work better applies to the federal government.
“There are a lot of ideas that I don’t think are partisan ideas but are just smart ideas about how can we make the federal government more customer-friendly, how can we make sure that we’re consolidating programs that are duplicative, how can we eliminate additional waste.”
“He presented some ideas during the course of the campaign that I actually agree with. So it would be interesting to talk to him about something like that. There may be ideas that he has with respect to jobs and growth that can help middle-class families that I want to hear.
“So I’m not either prejudging what he’s interested in doing, nor am I suggesting I’ve got some specific assignment. But what I want to do is to get ideas from him and see if there are some ways that we can potentially work together.”
While there will be policy ideas and non-partisan discussions, I’d like to hear some answers to the following questions posed by Obama to Mitt Romney.
Maybe Obama Could Ask the Following Questions…
During the debate, you mentioned using “whole binders full of women” to assist in your search for females in your cabinet. Mitt, what did that really mean? Did you really not know any qualified women either from your past work experiences or through your colleagues?
You also mentioned that working with a flexible schedule with co-workers is important as your former female chief of staff had to leave early to be home and “make dinner” and “be with kids when they get home from school.”
Dads like to do that too, especially in a one-parent family. I make an effort to have dinner at the same time every night with my family. How would you have balanced this with your slew of kids and grandchildren? Would they all have moved into the White House? I can’t help think of the opening scene from the Beverly Hillbillies.
I’m curious Mitt, do you know any middle class families? Do you have anyone close to you who has lost their job and are struggling financially? Maybe someone back home in Michigan who has been using unemployment benefits.
What advice would you give them?
What books are really on your nightstand–just between us boys?
Who’s going to win the NFC North this season?
What’s wrong with your Detroit Lions player Ndamukong Suh? Do you think should get suspended for all hits?
And a final question. Next time it’s your turn to host lunch Mitt. Where are you going to take me?