A tradition established by outgoing presidents may possibly repeated today when President Barack Obama vacates the White House and the Oval Office once Donald Trump takes the oath of office at 12 noon EST in Washington at the foot of the Capitol Building. In years past, the Chief Executives leaving the White House have left a letter in the desk at the Oval Office for their successors. Obama may do the same.
The letter sent by George W. Bush to Barack Obama ahead of his 2009 inauguration has now been publicly revealed by the National Archives.
The letter reads:
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."
In addition, the National Archives released the letter Bill Clinton left for George W. Bush in 2001.
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.