Since Donald Trump's election, disappointed American voters have handled their grief in different ways. Some have vowed to fight harder for the causes they believe in, some have promised to get more involved in local politics and elections. Others have thrown themselves into a recount or into protesting the impending administration.
Some, however, are choosing to accept that the next four (or even eight years) will belong to Trump and to make the most of a trying time.
Mitt Romney, to the disappointment of many moderates, has decided to embrace the new political reality. The former presidential candidate dined with President-elect Donald Trump at Jean Georges restaurant in New York on Tuesday night.
The dinner meet-up only fueled rumors that Romney is being considered for Trump's Secretary of State.
But before these two were out on dinner dates, Romney had some choice words for the now-president-elect.
During his speech at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on the campus of the University of Utah in March, Romney called Trump a "phony" and a "fraud."
However, after their get together on Tuesday evening, changed his tune, telling reporters he was impressed by Trump's transition team and cabinet selections.
"He did something I tried to do and was unsuccessful in accomplishing," Romney said. "He won the general election."
Despite Romney's supposed good will, we can't get this expression out of our minds:
We've all been feeling this since early November, right?
His pained expression was pretty relatable in this new Trump era — so Twitter went wild with the photo.
For the first time in his life, Mitt Romney is All Of Us. pic.twitter.com/e8TyFgmtDl— John Green (@johngreen) November 30, 2016
*record scratch*— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) November 30, 2016
Yup, that's me. You're probably wondering how I ended up in this situation ... pic.twitter.com/VC9XZblMGY
This is how I feel all the time. pic.twitter.com/PiGIe7iOD0— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) November 30, 2016
This looked like the worst date in history.
Mitt Romney is me every time I go on a first date pic.twitter.com/659nSst6rg— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) November 30, 2016
When your friend sets you up and asks how it’s going pic.twitter.com/PPRC8oUuMF— Jason Wells (@JasonBretWells) November 30, 2016
Every 1st date I’ve ever been on on the East Coast:— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) November 30, 2016
Where’d you go to school?
Oh...so you’re Mormon? Have you seen the musical?
My mom's take on this photo: "Romney looks like he's just been told 'No, Secretary of STEAK'" pic.twitter.com/RxNHDMqc69— Megan Amram (@meganamram) November 30, 2016
ROMNEY: I'll get the scallops— Siobhan Thompson (@vornietom) November 30, 2016
TRUMP: I'll get the soup and get the scallops as a side dish
ROMNEY: (under breath) dang. Power move. Dang it. pic.twitter.com/wqtPfOa2Aa
Bad jokes, oversized ego, and a guy who touches his hair too much. We've all been there, Mittens.
...Or just a hostage situation.
Romney should be holding up a newspaper with today's date on it pic.twitter.com/zZNBpABJcN— Gray Connolly (@GrayConnolly) November 30, 2016
I'm mad at this photo for making me feel bad for Mitt Romney. pic.twitter.com/sIWNyUYsMh— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) November 30, 2016
We had to wonder: what was Romney sacrificing for this dinner?
Dignity wasn't available so Romney went with the crab cakes. pic.twitter.com/KRPZzWoGjx— Jill Biden (@JillBidenVeep) November 30, 2016
The entree was filleted soul of Mitt Romney, after a lovely appetizer of Mitt Romney's bacon-wrapped dignity. https://t.co/ckbNhAc77O— jay smooth (@jsmooth995) November 30, 2016
Tonight's dinner special: Romney's dignity pic.twitter.com/9isHBI0zvt— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) November 30, 2016
When you both know you're going to have to put out after dinner. ? pic.twitter.com/KLPOEy42ZN— #ShesOurPresident (@MrJamesonNeat) November 30, 2016
Mitt Romney: "I'd sell my soul for a tiny, fancy meal."— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) November 30, 2016
Trump: "Helloooooooooooooooo." pic.twitter.com/hsxghMiaoE
And, let's be honest, we all know what was really going on here.
I think this is gonna be Trump's Christmas card this year pic.twitter.com/REdAwBAapV— Shoshana Weissmann (@senatorshoshana) November 30, 2016
I found the uncropped version of that Trump and Romney photo. pic.twitter.com/VdeLh3QnB1— neontaster (@neontaster) November 30, 2016
Maybe this was Romney's strongest political move yet.
why does this look like romney got his strongest campaign ad 4 years too late: "if you'da voted for me in 2012 this wouldnt have happened" pic.twitter.com/VQddlUnyq4— jomny sun (@jonnysun) November 30, 2016