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Letters Written By Bush To Obama And Clinton To Bush Now Made Public

January 20, 2017

Each outgoing president writes a letter and leaves it in the Oval office desk for the new incoming leader of this nation.  I have always been interested to know what words of wisdom one caretaker of America gives the next one.   Now we have more insight.

Now for the first time, the letters written by President George W. Bush to President Barack Obama in 2009, and the one Bush received from President Bill Clinton in 2001, have been released to the public.

The full text of Bush’s letter to Obama:

Jan 20, 2009

Dear Barack,

Congratulations on becoming our President. You have just begun a fantastic chapter in your life.

Very few have had the honor of knowing the responsibility you now feel. Very few know the excitement of the moment and the challenges you will face.

There will be trying moments. The critics will rage. Your “friends” will disappoint you. But, you will have an Almighty God to comfort you, a family who loves you, and a country that is pulling for you, including me. No matter what comes, you will be inspired by the character and compassion of the people you now lead.

God bless you.

Sincerely,

GW

The full text of Clinton’s letter to Bush:

Dear George,

Today you embark on the greatest venture, with the greatest honor, that can come to an American citizen.

Like me, you are especially fortunate to lead our country in a time of profound and largely positive change, when old questions, not just about the role of government, but about the very nature of our nation, must be answered anew.

You lead a proud, decent, good people. And from this day you are President of all of us. I salute you and wish you success and much happiness.

The burdens you now shoulder are great but often exaggerated. The sheer joy of doing what you believe is right is inexpressible. 

My prayers are with you and your family. Godspeed.

Sincerely, Bill

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