The New York Times reported that Former Gov. Mitt Romney visited the White House for lunch Thursday, his first encounter with President Obama since the election.
The Washington Post reported that no press were allowed at the lunch, nor did either man talk to the media after the event.
The New York Times said that no aides were at the lunch, either. It was a one-on-one meal.
"Each man wanted to have a private conversation," said White House press secretary Jay Carney to the Washington Post. "They did not want to turn it into a press event."
The Washington Post reported that the lunch is a tradition that President Obama felt was important to continue. Carney said it was a symbolic gesture illustrating a history of peaceful transfers of power.