Read Barack Obama’s Powerful Letter To President Trump

It has become tradition for the outgoing President of the United States to leave a letter to his successor on Inauguration Day, a tradition that continues even with the complete insanity of the 2016 presidential election.

Before arriving at the inauguration of President Trump, outgoing president Barack Obama was seen leaving a letter in the Oval Office. More than seven months later, we finally know just what that letter said. Via CNN:

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,

And see how it compares with past presidential letters by reading through the letters that George H.W. Bush left for Bill Clinton; Clinton left for George W. Bush; and Bush left for Barack Obama below and taking pride in the traditions surrounding the peaceful transfer of power that is such an integral part of our democracy.