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

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

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

- 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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BuzzFeed News reported that the letter was first circulated in September 2017, but then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shared the letter as it went viral in June 2016.

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 -- 



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