“For Romney, it’s a chance to make sure his last impression on the political consciousness isn’t all about the word ‘gifts.’” Politico.
The Daily Beast and CNN Reliable Sources Howard Kurtz: He can attend the private lunch, slip into a waiting car, and say nothing to the media stakeout on the White House driveway, retreating into the cone of silence that has enveloped him since the night of Nov. 6. Or he can step up to the microphones, sketch out his vision of working with the administration, maybe do a television interview or two. … Or Romney could just go make more money and ride in his car elevator.
Alas, Howard, no microphones — only this official photo and snarky headlines like “Does this just rub it in? After bitter campaign, Obama hosts Romney at the White House – the office Mitt spent six years and nearly $1 billion trying to win” NYDN.
Wash Post: Romney was wearing a sober blue suit and striped tie, his hair slicked back into the familiar Brylcreem style that looked so disheveled shortly after the election in a now-infamous snapshot of him pumping his own gas.
Politico has a caption contest. The winner so far: “OK, you can let go now.” Politico Playbook playfully points out NYP head: “O has Mitt for lunch (again).” NYDN: “‘White turkey’ chili? Really, Mr. President?”
Jon Stewart: “You almost lived here. Sorry, motherf**ker.”