Read the Inauguration Day letter Obama left for Trump.

During his last moments as president, Obama folded into three parts a handwritten letter and placed it into an envelope, and in neat capitals the letter was addressed to Mr. President.

Trump referenced the letter in an interview he gave with ABC news a week after his inauguration, however, he never detailed the contents. “It was long. It was complex. It was thoughtful,”   “And it took time to do it, and I appreciated it” Trump said of the letter. During the interview Trump showed the news crew the letter but did not read it out loud.

The process of handwritten letter is ow tradition between presidents passing on the White House. Obama received his own letter from George W. Bush counselling him of uncertain days ahead.

“There will be trying moments. The critics will rage. Your ‘friends’ will disappoint you,” Bush wrote. “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.”
Obama’s letter to Trump has now finally been released by CNN and can be read 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,
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