Political campaigns are ugly affairs at times. It gets nasty. It gets personal. For George HW Bush, it had to be difficult listening to Bill Clinton, a 60’s era boomer punk, bad mouth him and act like was an old out of touch, buffoon.
President Bush served only one term, but history has been kind to him the eye of the public. Outside of leftists with no heart and hardcore Trumpers with no soul, the everyday American, has a high opinion of the former President.
A letter, the outgoing President Bush left for incoming President Bill Clinton reveals GHWB’s reverence for the importance of the office and tradition of the peaceful transfer of power. Hillary Clinton put on Instagram a photo of the letter. Here it is (click for full size):
The text of the letter reads:
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 President’s 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. I wish you well. I wish your family well.
Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.
What a great letter. President Bush didn’t have to do that. He could have just left office and not said a word to the guy who bashed him for months on end. Instead, he left words of encouragement for his adversary, and that just shows class.