George H.W. Bush Sent This Letter to Bill Clinton on Inauguration Day
In today’s political landscape, we see almost no respect for one another across political lines. Some may blame it on our current president’s rhetoric, while others may say that we were well on this path prior to Trump ever coming along.
In November of 1992, Republican incumbent President George H.W. Bush had lost his reelection bid to challenger Bill Clinton. The campaigns were brutal, insults were thrown and debates were had, but respect for one another doesn’t appear to have ever been lost.
On January 20, 1993, also known as inauguration day, George Bush penned a letter to the new incoming President Bill Clinton; one that put the integrity and patriotism that Bush had on full display. Today, with the passing of George H.W. Bush, Kyle Griffin, a producer for MSNBC’s The Last Word shared this letter with the world.
The letter read:
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.
Good Luck –
George H.W. Bush's letter to Bill Clinton. Inauguration Day 1993. pic.twitter.com/oezQn5V2yF
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 1, 2018
The mutual respect held between Bill Clinton and the now-deceased George H.W. Bush has been as real as it gets. The two men have worked together on a number of initiatives since they both left office, and today Bill Clinton showed his respect with a tweet of his own:
Hillary and I mourn the passing of President George H. W. Bush, and give thanks for his great long life of service, love and friendship. I am grateful for every minute I spent with him and will always hold our friendship as one of my life’s greatest gifts. https://t.co/1CYdrIeKmz
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) December 1, 2018