President Barack Obama’s personal inauguration day letter to President Donald Trump was leaked to the media Sunday. This is in the traditional letter that outgoing Presidents leaves their successors.
President Trump told ABC News’ that the ‘beautiful’ letter left for him by Barack Obama in the desk of the Oval Office: “So well written. So thoughtful, so thoughtful.”
Here is the full text of that letter:
Dear Mr. President: Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure.
This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don’t know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years.
First, we’ve both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. Not everyone is so lucky. It’s up to us to do everything we can (to) build more ladders of success for every child and family that’s willing to work hard.
Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. It’s up to us, through action and example, to sustain the international order that’s expanded steadily since the end of the Cold War, and upon which our own wealth and safety depend.
Third, we are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions — like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties — that our forebears fought and bled for. Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it’s up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them.
And finally, take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They’ll get you through the inevitable rough patches.
Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can.
Good luck and Godspeed,
In his first week of the presidency, Trump told the media that he wouldn’t reveal to them the contents of what former President Barack Obama wrote to him
“I just went to the Oval Office and found this beautiful letter from President Obama,” Trump told reporters gathered in the East Room. “It was really very nice of him to do that, and we will cherish that.
“We will keep that, and we won’t even tell the press what’s in that letter.”
President George W. Bush left the following advice for Obama in his succession letter. Bush said there would be “trying moments” during his presidency. He even warned Obama that “critics will rage” at him.
“You will have an almighty God to comfort you, a family who loves you, and a country that is pulling for you, including me,” Bush wrote.
That letter — along with the one Bill Clinton left for George W. Bush — was also recently made public.