Earlier today, President Obama called Mitt Romney to congratulate him for clinching the GOP nomination. According to a Romney aide, the rare personal conversation was “brief and cordial." Daily Intel, which has tapped the Oval Office’s phone lines since 1987, has the exclusive transcript:
Mitt Romney: Hello, this is Mitt Romney speaking. Please identify yourself.
Barack Obama: Hi Mitt, this is Barack Obama. I just wanted to congratulate you on clinching the nomination. That’s quite the accomplishment.
Mitt Romney: Thank you Barack, that’s kind of you.
Barack Obama: Wasn’t as easy as some people thought it would be, but you did it, eventually.
Mitt Romney: I did, yes.
Barack Obama: Kind of incredible how hard it was to beat some of those guys, when you think about it. I mean, Rick Santorum?
Mitt Romney: Ha, well, I’d rather struggle with Rick Santorum than a redneck prison inmate.
Barack Obama: You mean your base?
Mitt Romney: At least my base was born in America, unlike some people.
Barack Obama: Tell Donald I say hi, and thanks.
Mitt Romney: I’ll see you at the debates, Barry.
Barack Obama: It’s so on.