Read The Letter Barack Obama Left Donald Trump Upon Leaving Office

Igor Bobic

Upon leaving office, former President Barack Obama left his successor President Donald Trump a letter that he left on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.

Trump vowed to cherish what he called the “beautiful letter” during a swearing-in ceremony for several top administration appointees in January.

“It was really very nice of him to do that,” he said, adding that “we won’t even tell the press what’s in that letter.”

CNN on Sunday obtained and posted the contents of the letter, which was signed “BO.” Read it below:

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,

BO

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Michelle Obama (right) and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, hug as President Obama speaks.
Michelle Obama (right) and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, hug as President Obama speaks.
Obama hugs supporters after his farewell address.
Obama hugs supporters after his farewell address.
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Obama shed a tear during his speech while reflecting on his legacy and his family.
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Obama wipes his tears while speaking about his wife, Michelle.
Michelle Obama holds her daughter Malia during President Obama's farewell address.
Michelle Obama holds her daughter Malia during President Obama's farewell address.
Michelle Obama hugs President Obama as daughter Malia looks on.
Michelle Obama hugs President Obama as daughter Malia looks on.
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden embrace after the president's farewell speech.
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden embrace after the president's farewell speech.
The Obama family embraces on stage following Barack Obama's farewell address.
The Obama family embraces on stage following Barack Obama's farewell address.
Obama greets guests following his speech.
Obama greets guests following his speech.
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Obama applauds his supporters at the end of his farewell address.

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