Obama and his one-time arch enemy Mitt Romney will have a private lunch together at the White House on Thursday.
"It was a gracious invitation from the president, which Mitt Romney was glad to accept," Romney's advisor Eric Fehrnstrom told Politico.
The last time Obama and Romney were in the same room - at the third presidential debate - the atmosphere was less gracious, as the president ripped Romney with a series of zingers. "You mention the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916," said Obama, teeing up the best-remembered zinger of the night: "Well governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets."
Twitter users suggest that Obama will be serving "baked crow," or that the lunch may be a "gift" to buy Romney's vote. Others speculate that Obama is hosting the lunch to gloat, or to pick Romney's brains for good ideas, or, less plausibly, to offer Romney a cabinet position.