Shortly before his exit from the Oval Office, former US President Barack Obama left a brotherly advice for his successor Donald J. Trump.
Obama, who served in the US Senate for Illinois (2005 – 2008), left his beautiful letter at the Resolute Desk with hopes that it would inspire the billionaire president to greatness. And during America’s presidential inauguration earlier in January, Mr. Trump expressed appreciation for the “unpresidented” kindness from his predecessor.
“We won’t even tell the press what’s in it,” the 71-year-old said at that time. “It was really very nice of him to do that.”
We are super-excited that finally, Mr. Trump has deemed it necessary to let us share in his joy thanks to an update from CNN.
According to a Sunday report from the news outlet, here’s the content of Mr. Obama’s presidential letter which was signed with “BO.”
Image: Barack Obama
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. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years.
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.
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.
Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can.
Good luck and Godspeed,
Image shows US President Donald Trump and former leader Barack Obama.
Former US President Barack Obama left office on 20 January, 2017 with a sixty percent approval rating. He currently lives in Washington D.C.
BO’s presidential library will be erected in Chicago.
Some of his landmark achievements in foreign policy include:
- Sanctioning military intervention in Iraq in retaliation against successes recorded by ISIL after the 2011 withdrawal from Iraq.
- Continuing the process of ending U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan.
- Spearheading unilateral discussions which led to the 2015 Paris Agreement on global climate change.
Image: President Donald Trump and Barack Obama
The proud father-of-two initiated sanctions against Russia following the invasion in Ukraine and again after Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 United States elections.
Barack Hussein Obama II, 56, served as America’s 44th president between 2009 to 2017. He remarkably brokered a nuclear deal with Iran, and normalized U.S. relations with Cuba.