George W. Bush's Letter to Obama Has Finally Been Released

Posted: Jan 20, 2017 12:55 PM

The letter from George W. Bush to President Obama on Inauguration Day in 2009 has been made public for the first time.

On Thursday, the National Archives and Records Administration released the letter, which is a tradition by outgoing presidents.

Dear Barack,

Congratulations on becoming our President. You have just begun a fantastic chapter in your life.

Very few have had the honor of knowing the responsibility you now feel. Very few know the excitement of the moment and the challenges you will face.

There will be trying moments. The critics will rage. Your “friends” will disappoint you. But, you will have an Almighty God to comfort you, a family who loves you, and a country that is pulling for you, including me. No matter what comes, you will be inspired by the character and compassion of the people you now lead.

God bless you.



PHOTO: President George W. Bushs letter to President-elect Barack Obama in 2009.

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