President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met for lunch Thursday at the White House, discussing America's leadership in the world and pledging to stay in touch after a bitter presidential contest.
In their first meeting since the election, Obama and the Republican nominee shook hands in the Oval Office and had an hourlong lunch of white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad in the private White House dining room.
Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom called it a "very friendly lunch."
The White House said Romney congratulated the president on his successful campaign and wished him well in the coming four years.
White House officials said the two men pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future.