Caption contest: Obama and Romney's lunch date

Romney and Obama met today and "pledged to stay in touch." But what else did they say? Tell us what you think!

By Jillian Rayfield
November 30, 2012 1:51AM (UTC)
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UPDATE: And the winner is...Gabriel Ortiz! Caption below:

"Well, I think it's important to regularly meet with the unemployed. Glad you could make it."

What did Mitt Romney and Barack Obama talk about in their lunch meeting earlier today? Send your ideas to


From the White House press release on the meeting:

This afternoon, President Obama and Governor Romney visited for an hour over lunch in the Private Dining Room adjacent to the Oval Office.  Governor Romney congratulated the President for the success of his campaign and wished him well over the coming four years. The focus of their discussion was on America's leadership in the world and the importance of maintaining that leadership position in the future.  They pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future.  Their lunch menu included white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad.

Irin Carmon: "Could Romney's body language be any more awkward?"

Alex Seitz-Wald: "I love Obama's hand in the pocket. It seems a big FU to me, and an assertion of confidence, nonchalance."

Jay Shuck: "For the last time, Mitt, let go of my hand!"


Gabriel Ortiz: "Well, I think it's important to regularly meet with the unemployed. Glad you could make it."

Anthony Vela: "You may have more houses, but I have the White House."

Dave Pausch: "Romney: Can I sit at the desk? Obama: No you cannot."

Joanna Landau: "The one house you couldn't buy..."


John Kirsch: "Romney: Do you work here? I got separated from my tour group."

Adam Shaw: "Romney: Mr. President, sorry to disappoint but apparently my binders full of women exceeded the number of guests for security clearance."

Brad Lawrence: "Well, Mitt, I hate to cut this short, but I have tax payers waiting."


John Murray: "There's a nice gift bag for you on your way out."

Betty Lee: "Obama: May I give you a personal tour of my house?"

Julie Gaughran: "Okay, Mitt, this is the part where you self-deport back to Boston."

John B. Melcher: "So Mitt...would you please explain to me one more time how exactly Obamacare works?"


Rebecca Charloff: "Romney: Okay, last offer. Five million dollars, right now. Just take the money and walk away quietly. You people are always looking for handouts, right?"

Jillian Rayfield

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