I was fascinated to see the picture of President Obama and Mitt Romney when they met for lunch yesterday at the White House. One can only imagine what Romney was thinking as he posed with the president in the Oval Office.
It’s hard to forget that there appeared to be no love lost between the two during the campaign itself. At one point, President Obama was quoted as saying that Romney was a “bull*******” and the White House did not refute the report. And Romney’s comments after the election about the president having “bought” the election reflected no great affection for Mr. Obama, either.
Even so, the two men had lunch and later said they would stay in touch. Was it window dressing or a real exchange of ideas about “leadership” as the White House later reported? Who knows? And, to my mind, who cares?
It’s the optics of the situation that matter to me: after a contentious campaign it is helpful to have the combatants break bread — even if they don’t love each other. And if they can put a good face on things and be civil to each other, then maybe the rest of the country can do the same. After an election like the one we just had, I’ll take good window dressing over a brick through a window any day.