As Twitchy reported, President Obama and Mitt Romney met today at the White House for a lunch summit. While the media were sadly kept away from the summit and forced to dream up lunch conversations, we were fortunate enough to eventually get a peek at Obama and Romney making nice in the Oval office.
The White House barred reporters from the event, but released an official photo showing Obama giving Romney a tour of the Oval Office.
— boatgirl (@boatgirl) November 29, 2012
Photo of Pres Obama and Gov Romney in Oval Office: http://t.co/cS3jjK3P
— petesouza (@petesouza) November 29, 2012
The men reportedly promised to keep in touch. Just like buddies!
Politics aside, this makes me proud. Handshake between opponents.
PHOTO: Pres.Obama & Mitt Romney in Oval Office todayhttp://t.co/RjsmGIoa
— ((Charles Fishman)) (@cfishman) November 29, 2012
— Lauren Hansen (@myLaurenHansen) November 29, 2012
— Joanne Tombrakos (@joannetombrakos) November 29, 2012
— James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis) November 29, 2012
The Twitter consensus seemed to be that the photo could best be described as incredibly awkward:
— William (@MiltownBucky) November 29, 2012
— Sharon Reilly (@violacay) November 29, 2012
— Joel Van Haren (@joelvanharen) November 29, 2012
@Bashirlive Mitt Romney looked awfully awkward in that photo of him and President Obama at the Whitehouse. I beg that was stuff for Romney
— Sharon Jones (@sharblom) November 29, 2012
— Doug Main (@Douglas_Main) November 29, 2012
— Natalie Beach (@WhatTheBeach) November 29, 2012
— Tom Pellerite (@Xriseabove) November 29, 2012
Gah, this photo is awkward. http://t.co/hWHtkzI0
— Jared Mercier (@jh_mercier) November 29, 2012
A body language expert apparently agrees with that assessment:
PHOTO: Body Language Expert Says Romney-Obama Lunch Meeting "Awkward": The former Republican nominee shares an u… http://t.co/9U9SFTRw
— Adam Cross (@Adam__Cross) November 29, 2012
Maybe so. But the body language isn’t the only thing about that picture that didn’t sit well with people. Some notice that there was something else about the photo that seemed … off:
— Chris Heller (@c_heller) November 29, 2012
— (((mikayla dreyer))) (@mikayladreyer) November 29, 2012
The Romney/Obama photo. Is anyone going to tell me who the dude lurking in the background is?
— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) November 29, 2012
Just who was that mysterious doorway lurker?
He's cool. Just their NWO handler. MT @michaelhayes: Romney/Obama photo. Is anyone going to tell me who dude lurking in the background is?
— Jake Blumgart (@jblumgart) November 29, 2012
Perhaps Photoshop can shed some light on the mystery:
Well guess who dropped by Obama-Romney meeting today: yfrog Photo : http://t.co/wQSTOTBW
— Jesper P. Pedersen (@jpackert) November 29, 2012
Or maybe it’s this guy:
Definitely could be him. Even though the president is all set to jet off to Hawaii for a three-week vacation, the fiscal cliff is always lurking.