A photograph of a considerate letter written by President George H.W. Bush to President Bill Clinton is widely circulating on social media after it was posted on Twitter this Sunday. Bush penned the letter as he left the presidential office as the 41st president in 1993.
Many Twitter users are contrasting Bush’s friendly, diplomatic words to his successor to this year’s dog-eat-dog election rhetoric, Attn reported. Some are astounded by the differences several decades can make.
Saba Gul tweeted the letter along with the caption, “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:”
In the note, which is dated Jan. 20, 1993, Bush wrote, in part, “…I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some presidents have described… Your success is now our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.”
A Twitter user commented on Gul’s tweet, “Stop hugging the right-wing” to which she replied, “Not at all. Just nostalgia for times when bipartisan civility was a thing.” Another user joked, “What? No ‘Dear Bill, the election was rigged…’”
Is the letter a reminder of a simpler time in American politics?