On Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, 1993, outgoing Republican President George H.W. Bush left a handwritten note for the new president of the United States, Democrat Bill Clinton. Just two months earlier, President Bush lost his bid for re-election to Clinton after a bruising campaign.
It was a tough pill to swallow, for certain. But President Bush knew he had to do what was right for America. In his note to the man who defeated him, Bush explained that even though they were rivals from different political parties, “your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.”
Now 26 years later, even though our country has become bitterly divided and President Bush is sadly no longer with us, his words are a reminder to us all of the need to put the best interests of our country above party politics.
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