Washington (CNN)On the eve of President Barack Obama handing off the reins of power to his successor, Donald Trump, the George W. Bush Presidential Library has released the letters that former President Bill Clinton and Bush penned to their successors.
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The library on Thursday released the notes the 42nd and 43rd presidents wrote on the final day of their presidencies, a ritual that Obama will fulfill on Friday.
“You lead a proud, decent, good people. And from this day you are President of all of us,” Clinton wrote on January 20, 2001. “The burdens you now shoulder are great but often exaggerated. The sheer joy of doing what you believe is right is inexpressible.”
The letters’ release was earlier reported by ABC News.
In October, Clinton’s wife, former First Lady Hillary Clinton, shared on social media a message former President George H.W. Bush wrote to Clinton on Inauguration Day in 1993. In sharing the note, Hillary Clinton wrote, “This is what leadership looks like.”
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