American politics have always been ugly, but this year's election is hideous. After a year and four months of insult slinging, Twitter attacks and pussy-grabbing, reading this extremely classy letter that George H.W. Bush wrote to Bill Clinton is a breath of fresh air.
After Bill Clinton defeated former President George H.W. Bush in the 1992 election, he was greeted by this handwritten note left for him in the oval office on his first day as President. Despite their obvious political differences and being rivals during the race, George 41 had nothing but warm words and good advice for Clinton.
A long, long time ago, in a land far far away, politics had grace. George H.W. Bush's letter to Bill Clinton on leaving office: pic.twitter.com/bJn6ojWRS4— Saba Gul (@sabagl) October 16, 2016
Jan 20, 1991
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.
This is how to lose the election with grace and class. Maybe one particularly orange presidential nominee should take note.
According to The Huffington Post, the letter was first shared back in 2011 by ABC. Then in June, Hillary Clinton shared the letter on her Instagram, saying that it moved her to tears (See? She does experience emotion). Now, a day after Donald Trump said he would not accept the outcome of the election unless he wins, the letter mysterious started going viral again.
Despite being the patriarch of a powerful Republican family, George H.W. Bush has decided to vote for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election.