'I am rooting hard for you:' read George H.W. Bush's 1993 letter to Bill Clinton

Former United States Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton pictured in 2005.
Former United States Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton pictured in 2005.

Credit: Hunter Martin

Credit: Hunter Martin

A letter written by former President George H.W. Bush to then-incoming President Bill Clinton is making the rounds after Bush's death.

Written in 1993, the letter is part of the tradition of outgoing presidents leaving notes to incoming ones.

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The letter can be read in full below:

"Dear Bill, When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that too.

"I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some presidents have described.

"There will be very tough times, made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I'm not a very good one to give advice; but just don't let the critics discourage you or push you off course.

"You will be our president when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well.

"Your success now is our country's success. I am rooting hard for you.

"Good luck -- 

George"

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