Obama to Trump: ‘Maintain Democracy’

Before leaving the White House, former US President Barack Obama continued the tradition and left a letter for his successor. Today, CNN news revealed what was written in that letter.
Obama: “Congratulations on a remarkable run” Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Before leaving the White House, former US President Barack Obama left a letter for his successor and current President Donald Trump. Today (Sunday), CNN news revealed the contents of that letter.

“Congratulations on a remarkable run,” Obama wrote. “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,” he continued. “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,” the former president warned. “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,” Obama reflected. “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.”

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