Barack Obama’s Letter to President Trump Finally Revealed

CNN obtains copy of handwritten note from 44th President to his successor.

September 3, 2017 12:05 pm
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President Barack Obama shakes hands with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The letter that outgoing President Barack Obama left for his successor is now available for everyone else to read.

CNN published the full 275-word missive addressed to President Donald Trump that Obama left in the Oval Office, which strikes a cordial and non-partisan tone that has since disappeared in relations between the two.

“Dear Mr. President,” the letter begins. “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.”

That didn’t stop Obama from listing four points of advice for the incoming Commander in Chief.

“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,” wrote Obama.

“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.”

Obama closed by wishing Trump and the new first Lady, Melania, “the very best as you embark on this great new adventure.”He signed the letter, “BO.”

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