Yesterday our fine POTUS met with Mr. Willard “Mitt” Romney for what we're sure will be the first of many warm and cordial private lunches.

The meal was served in a dining room adjacent to the Oval Office — doubtless so that Romney could have a good look at the special place he will never, ever occupy.

Not that our president is a vindictive man. But we do wonder if the White House chef, in coming up with her “Southwestern-themed” menu, might have just a little touch of passive-aggressiveness.

The main dishes were white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad. We're sure there were no subliminal messages of “jive white turkey” or grilled white meat, though.

The White House did not release the dessert, but we're assuming it was vanilla pudding or perhaps baked Alaska.

“Governor Romney congratulated the President for the success of his campaign and wished him well over the coming four years,” the White House said in a very brief release. “The focus of their discussion was on America's leadership in the world and the importance of maintaining that leadership position in the future.”

President Obama and Romney “pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future,” the White House said.

As he left, word is that Romney strapped his doggie bag to the top of his black SUV.

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