CNN obtained a copy of the Inauguration letter that Former President Barack Obama left for Donald Trump. According to the CNN report, the letter was left discreetly in the Resolute desk in the Oval Office, and President Obama did not even share with aides the content of the letter. Despite the discretion of Obama, Trump showed the letter to many people who visited the Oval Office, which is how CNN obtained a copy of it.
In the letter President Obama highlights that while each of their good fortune is different, their role as president must remain very similar. The duties of the President is that of gatekeeper for American ideals and to secure the security of the nation. The letter from Barack Obama can be read in full below.
Dear Mr. President -
Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure.
This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don't know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years.
First, we've both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. Not everyone is so lucky. It's up to us to do everything we can (to) build more ladders of success for every child and family that's willing to work hard.
Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. 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.
Third, we are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions -- like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection 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.
And finally, take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They'll get you through the inevitable rough patches.
Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can.
Good luck and Godspeed,