Obama’s Letter To Trump After The Inauguration Is A Gracious Reminder Of What Politics Should Be

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It’s been an unbelievably contentious year politically, with President Trump‘s controversial administration at the forefront. It’s crazy to think that it’s been just seven months since he took office, but if we’ve learned anything from 2017 it’s that even the most unbelievable things can and will happen.

CNN has released the letter that former President Obama wrote to Trump on his inauguration day, and it is expectedly diplomatic. The letter is a gracious acknowledgment of victory, but one can’t help that it was a plea for civility that he knew would go unheeded. The full text reads as follows:

Dear Mr. President –

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,

Rick Santorum took time out of his busy schedule to criticize letter as too “politically correct,” saying that Obama didn’t congratulate Trump on his “win” just his “run” and didn’t mention America enough. However, after such an unpleasant election cycle (and Trump’s vicious truther movement for the previous eight years), it’s honestly a testament to Obama’s presence of mind that he didn’t just scrawl a middle finger on a slip of paper and leave it in the Oval Office on his way out the door.

Trump allegedly thought it was a “beautiful letter,” saying “it was really very nice of him to do that and we will cherish that. We will keep that and we won’t even tell the press what’s in that letter.” If only he’d paid more attention to Obama’s third point.

(Via CNN)