A Letter George H.W. Bush Gave To Bill Clinton Is Strangely Unnerving

Carol Nisar
A note that George H.W. Bush gave to Bill Clinton upon entering office is going viral, as it offers such stark dissimilarity to the 2016 election race.

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A photograph of a considerate letter written by President George H.W. Bush to President Bill Clinton is widely circulating on social media after it was posted on Twitter this Sunday. Bush penned the letter as he left the presidential office as the 41st president in 1993.

Many Twitter users are contrasting Bush’s friendly, diplomatic words to his successor to this year’s dog-eat-dog election rhetoric, Attn reported. Some are astounded by the differences several decades can make.

Saba Gul tweeted the letter along with the caption, “A long, long time ago, in a land far far away, politics had grace. George H.W. Bush’s letter to Bill Clinton on leaving office:”

In the note, which is dated Jan. 20, 1993, Bush wrote, in part, “…I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some presidents have described… Your success is now our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.”

A Twitter user commented on Gul’s tweet, “Stop hugging the right-wing” to which she replied, “Not at all. Just nostalgia for times when bipartisan civility was a thing.” Another user joked, “What? No ‘Dear Bill, the election was rigged…’”

Is the letter a reminder of a simpler time in American politics?

Many on Twitter seem to think so, considering that Trump reached a low point when he recently claimed the election is “rigged.”

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This assertion has been completely refuted as an “embarrassment” by The Washington Post. President Barack Obama even chimed in, telling Trump to "stop whining."

It’s a shame that this year’s candidates, namely Trump, have resorted to bullying each other over personal matters. While the public may hope for a courteous transfer of power from President Obama to his successor, this election race between Trump and Hillary Clinton will certainly be remembered as one of the most vicious in history. 

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