Obama to host Romney at White House on Thursday

President Barack Obama will host former Republican candidate Mitt Romney for a private lunch at the White House on Thursday, their first meeting since Obama defeated him in this month's presidential election.


The encounter follows Obama's promise, in the aftermath of the Nov. 6 election, to consult the former Massachusetts governor before the end of the year. It also comes amid Obama's efforts to work out with congressional leaders a way to avoid a looming "fiscal cliff" that could push the US economy back into recession.