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Obama's campaign team did all they could to attack the personal character of Willard Mitt Romney. They accused him of being a felon, a tax cheat, and a person who cared not on bit or people who were on the government dole.
The reality was clear to anyone who paid attention to Romney's history or his charitable work. But that didn't stop people like Harry Reid from leveling those allegations against Mitt Romney in a very official capacity.
So, then, meeting with the person who was responsible for all the nasty campaigning? That has to be awkward.
And yet I believe that Mitt Romney will be just fine since he is a much bigger and forgiving man than I.
The meeting, however, screams desperation. Mitt Romney was the only person in the campaign offering actual solutions to the issues that were facing the American government, which were laughed off with personal attacks and political posturing.
So, why meet? I believe that President Obama is picking his brain, trying to get the best bits of the Romney Plan to impliment, and Romney is a decent human who will give up the goods. Sadly it'll be cannibalized and bastardized so that by the time it gets to Congress it will resemble fiscal conservativism only in passing. But the GOP will be forced into voting for it because it has the Romney name attached, thus they are getting "compromise."
Yahoo has some other theories:
1. Obama is extending a common courtesy
In 2008, President-elect Obama met with John McCain on November 17 in Chicago, and there was a photo op with the two men. McCain had lost to Obama, but he was still a U.S. senator.
2. Obama will offer Romney a Cabinet job
That doesn’t seem likely, since Romney is self-supporting financially and has a life outside politics, with 18 grandchildren.
3. Obama will enlist Romney in the fiscal cliff debate
One issue where the candidates disagreed sharply on the campaign trail was on the fiscal cliff debate. (My belief)
4. Obama wants Romney’s advice on business issues
That’s also a distinct possibility, since President Obama praised Romney’s business acumen after the campaign.
5. Obama wants closure on the 2012 presidential election, or something else?
President Obama said after the election that he was interested in talking with Romney about ways the two men could work together.
It'll be interesting to see what comes out of the talk.