WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will host his former political rival Mitt Romney for a private lunch at the White House Thursday, their first meeting since the election 
Obama promised in his victory speech earlier this month to engage with Romney following their bitter campaign and consider the Republican’s ideas. 
“In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to s

itting down with Gov. Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward,” Obama said at the time.