by Jerome CARTILLIER / Agence France-Presse
It is a chic custom: the outgoing US president leaves a letter for his successor in the aged oaken desk in the Oval Office, to be learn upon his arrival.
The letter left by Barack Obama for Donald Trump, revealed some seven months after the handover of energy, revolves round one central bit of recommendation: past the bitterness and brutality of political fight and energy struggles, by no means lose sight of the significance of democratic establishments.
Publication of the missive, simply shy of 300 phrases, comes at a tough and chaotic time in the Trump presidency that has seen intense criticism even from Trump’s personal Republican Party for his lack of readability — and of ethical management — after the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“Dear Mr. President,” the letter begins, happening to congratulate Trump for his “remarkable run” to the White House and to provide effectively needs “as you embark on this great adventure.” The letter was obtained by CNN “from someone Trump showed it to,” in accordance to the channel.
“Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure,” it says.
Obama had pounded Trump throughout the presidential marketing campaign with a uncommon virulence, saying the actual property mogul was, in his eyes, a hazard to American democracy. “The fate of the republic is in your hands,” Obama advised voters in North Carolina simply days earlier than the November eight election.
But in the aftermath of Trump’s surprising victory, with Democrats nonetheless badly shaken by the shock defeat of Hillary Clinton, Obama insisted on the significance of a peaceable and constructive transition to the billionaire populist, even receiving him in the Oval Office in a gathering that might as soon as have appeared unimaginable.
Emphasizing that the US presidency is a “unique office” with no “clear blueprint for success,” Obama nonetheless gives a couple of fastidiously worded ideas to his successor.
Insisting on the significance of “indispensable” American management in the world, he emphasizes the need for a president to act thoughtfully and responsibly.
“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,” Obama says.
– ‘Good luck and Godspeed’ –
He additionally exhorted Trump not to let the vicissitudes of day by day politics overshadow the lengthy march of American democratic values.
“We are just temporary occupants of this office,” he writes. “That makes us guardians of these democratic establishments and traditions — like rule of legislation, separation of powers, equal safety 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.”
The ultimate bit of recommendation prolonged by the 44th US president to the 45th took a extra private tone: “Take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They’ll get you through the inevitable rough patches.”
Saying that he and his spouse Michelle “stand ready to help in any ways which we can,” Obama closes with a want of “good luck and Godspeed,” signing the letter, “BO.”
Trump stated publicly that he was touched by the letter, although he has not seen Obama since the handover of energy.
Of all the letters from outgoing to incoming presidents, the one left on January 20, 1993, by Republican George H.W. Bush to Democrat Bill Clinton stands out for its dignity and sophistication.
Bush wrote to his successor — the man who had disadvantaged him of a second time period in workplace — that “your success now is our country’s success.”
Evoking the “sense of wonder and respect” for the workplace that he felt when he turned president in 1989, Bush stated, “There will be very tough times,” however then added: “Just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course.”
Bush concluded: “I am rooting hard for you. Good luck.”(AFP)