George H. W. Bush passed away on Friday at the age of 94 and now a letter the former president wrote to the incoming Bill Clinton when he left office in 1993 is going viral.
In the letter the outgoing president welcomes his Democratic successor, telling him to push through the inevitable criticism that a president will face and stick to his path as well as sharing some kind sentiments toward’s Clinton’s family.
In the letter Bush also stresses that country comes before party, ending the letter by saying “Your success is now our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you. Good luck. – George.”
You don’t have to be GOP to recognize civility in politics, a tradition carried on by the Clinton family, the GWB family, & the Obamas whose help was rejected.
I can’t imagine the scorched earth incivility that DTs successor will find… pic.twitter.com/lKPsaEHEMg https://t.co/hkYOC9sTjz
— Freya la Liberté (@KAelvynsdottir) December 1, 2018
The letter is likely being shared so widely because it’s the sort of classy gesture that it is almost impossible to imagine in our current political climate of ceaseless mudslinging and daily obscenities issuing directly from the face-hole of our current commander in chief. While a great many people opposed Bush’s policies (not to mention the Gulf War) there is apparently more than a little nostalgia among political observers for a time when leaders didn’t spend 24 hours a day hurling insults at each other like guests on Maury Povich.
It makes me sad to remember when our Presidents were nicer people. This has class, honor, & respect, for the office & for the country. I feel we have fallen so far with the current president. Thank you for sharing this & the photo. May he Rest In Peace w/Barbara.
— Whatupchick? (@whatupchick) December 1, 2018
Oh how far we have fallen, Rest In Peace Mr President.
— CartmanUK29 (@CartmanUK29) December 1, 2018
Rest in peace, President George HW Bush. Thank you for your many years of public service, and showing us that we can put politics aside for the greater good. https://t.co/H0SR0MLv5L
— Shin Inouye (@shin_inouye) December 1, 2018
People couldn’t help but compare the polite sentiments in the letter with the current state of affairs.
think what we may about his policies but those old presidents sure were real statesmen. compare this to the carricature we now have in the white house… it brings some perspective into how far we have crumbled. america may never recover from this.
— Basil Valentine (@basilvalentin12) December 1, 2018
This shows the degree of respect held by President GHW Bush for his office and the office holder that is now profoundly missing. https://t.co/MjKSUYz0uw
— Paul Browning (@grmagic01) December 1, 2018
President George H.W. Bush was a class act. https://t.co/wErJEzt2f6
— Debra Wick (@debra_wick) December 1, 2018
Can’t help but wonder what 45 will write. https://t.co/Mjn7f8bE7c
— jookyhc (@jookyhc) December 1, 2018
The note he left behind in the Oval Office for President Clinton when he transitioned out of office is a great reminder of what a true statesman he was.
41 will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/Ce0wuNoTFj
— Jon Davidson (@JonDavidson_) December 1, 2018
The full text of the letter reads as follows:
When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too.
I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described.
There will be very tough times, made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I’m not a very good one to give advice; but just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course.
You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well.
Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.
h/t Huffington Post