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Romney to Meet Obama for First Time Since Election

William Thomas Cain/Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Mitt Romney will emerge again into the public eye on Thursday.

The Republican presidential nominee is scheduled to meet President Obama at the White House for the first time since America headed into voting booths on Nov. 6.

On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called the traditional meet-and-greet between presidential rivals “one of the often overlooked but remarkable things about this democracy.”

Since conceding the election to Obama, Romney and his family have largely kept a low profile, popping up only on rare occasions.

His son Josh tweeted a photo of himself inside a mud-covered off-roader almost two weeks after election night, saying he’d “just got back from the Baja 1000.”

During the week of Thanksgiving, America saw a harried-looking Romney pumping gas.  He appeared with his family at Disneyland less than 24 hours later.

And on Tuesday night, his wife Ann and son Matt were spotted in the audience as the winners of Dancing with the Stars: All Stars were announced.

Thursday's private lunch between Romey and Obama is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET.

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