Meatloaf, mashed potatoes… and a doggie bag! Oprah joins Mitt and Ann Romney at home for a cooking session
00:05 GMT, 6 October 2012
The Obamas have a well-documented relationship with Oprah, but now Mitt and Ann Romney have opened up to the chat show host for the first time.
The Republican power couple welcomed the media mogul into their roomy New Hampshire holiday home on Lake Winnipesaukee, to talk about family, religion, food and, of course, politics.
Casually dressed in jeans, with the top button of his shirt undone, the presidential nominee even took it upon himself to pack Ms Winfrey a doggie bag for the road, as they finished off in the kitchen.
First meeting: Mitt and Ann Romney welcomed Oprah Winfrey into their roomy New Hampshire holiday home
'Ann makes these little meatloaf cakes with sweet sauce on top.
'Meatloaf cakes and mashed potatoes. Best thing in the world,' he exclaimed during the interview, which is included in the November issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.
Although Ms Winfrey has seen President Obama and his wife Michelle at the White House on several occasions, it was the first time she had met with Mr and Mrs Romney.
And it seems that she was taken with
the 'strong family vibe' created by the duo, adding that 'cute little
kids just seemed to keep coming out of every nook and corner' during her
Won over: Ms Winfrey said she was taken with the Romney's 'strong family vibe'
As well as Mr Romney revealing his favourite dishes, he also addressed a number of meatier topics.
Asked at what point, did he know that he wanted to be president, he replied: 'Not any time during my youth.'
'As a little boy I wanted to be a
policeman. And then as I got older and I saw my dad in the car business,
an automobile executive.'
Adding: 'As a little boy I wanted to be a policeman. And then as I got older and I saw my dad in the car business, an automobile executive.'
But now aged 65, he remains determined to claim victory in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
He told Ms Winfrey: 'It do believe I'm going to win.
'I think in the debates we'll be able to get down to, what do you believe in, how can we help the country And I think when we do that, we'll end up winning.'
Doing the rounds: Ms Winfrey also interviewed Barack and Michelle Obama at the White House, for the same issue of her magazine
Meanwhile Mrs Romney, who is a mother-of-five and grandmother to 18, stayed focused on the subject of family and her 14-year battle with multiple sclerosis.
She also revealed that despite making regular small-screen appearances, she does not watch television anymore, because she 'just can't deal with it, if I'm going to have the calmness and peace that I need to have.'
Ms Winfrey also interviewed Barack and Michelle Obama at the Green Room in the White House, for the same issue of her glossy publication.
Describing his vision for the world Mr Obama, who dressed in a suit and tie for the meeting, said: 'Michelle accuses me of being a congenital optimist, but it’s true. I think people are capable of great evil but are fundamentally good.
'I want America to continue to be on the side of expanding justice and freedom and opportunity.'
Meanwhile Mrs Obama revealed that she often finds it difficult to discuss things with her husband, as he has so many other things on his mind.
She told Ms Winfrey: 'I’m stockpiling a list of issues that I’d like to discuss with him in 2016.'
The full stories appear in the November issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, on newsstands October 9