Though the lunch was initially scheduled in the private dining room right off the Oval Office, the two decided to dine together outside during a pleasant summertime afternoon on Monday.

"It is largely friendship that's on the agenda for the lunch today. So it's not a working lunch as much as it is an opportunity for the two who saw each other on a pretty frequent basis over the course of the last four years to get a chance to catch up," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

It is Obama who had invited Clinton for lunch; the first since February when she left her position as the Secretary of State, which she served successfully for four years.

"In last four years Secretary Clinton and the President developed not just a strong working relationship but also a genuine friendship," Earnest said.

"The White House Chef today whipped up some grilled chicken, some pasta jambalaya, and some salad for them to enjoy during lunch," he said when asked about the menu.

(Agencies)

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