08 November 2020 10:33

Departing Presidents often leave handwritten notes to their successor, offering advice and wishing them success.

It may seem hard to fathom after Donald Trump's four-day temper tantrum, but up to now US Presidents have left the White House with dignity and grace. Departing Presidents often leave handwritten notes to their successor, offering advice and wishing them success. When he arrived in the Office he found a friendly letter from Barack Obama - despite having years questioning whether Obama was actually born in the US. "Congratulations on a remarkable run," the outgoing President wrote, the Daily Star reports. (Image: [email protected]) John Adams, who served as George Washington's Vice President, held the executive office himself from March 1797 to March 1801.

The only President from the Federalist Party, he was also the first to live in the White House. The White House tradition sees outgoing US presidents leave handwritten letters for their successors with advice, but many wonder if Trump will do the same for Biden. As it looks increasingly likely that Joe Biden will be elected US President, many are wondering whether his predecessor will continue a certain White House tradition. Past presidents, upon leaving the Oval Office at the end of their final term, have left handwritten notes for whoever was about to take their place. They typically see the departing president wishing their replacement well as well as offering them any advice they think might be useful.

Donald Trump received a letter from Barack Obama when he took office, and despite Trump questioning if he was truly born in America, Obama's note was friendly in tone. "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. "First, we've both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. 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. 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. "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." Updating with the letter Barack Obama left Donald Trump on Inauguration Day. The contents of the letter emerged months later in September 2017 after a copy was obtained by @CNN. pic.twitter.com/xuMm6BzvoR — Kelly Cannon (@cannonreports) November 6, 2020 Obama himself was left a letter by his predecessor George W. In it he cautioned the new president that there would be tough times ahead and to expect friends to let him down. "Congratulations on becoming our President. "Very few have had the honor of knowing the responsibility you now feel. But, you will have an Almighty God to comfort you, a family who loves you, and a country that is pulling for you, including me. In 2001, outgoing president Bill Clinton left the following letter for Bush, in which he expressed his "sheer joy" for the job: "Like me, you are especially fortunate to lead our country in a time of profound and largely positive change, when old questions, not just about the role of government, but about the very nature of our nation, must be answered anew. "You lead a proud, decent, good people. And from this day you are President of all of us. I salute you and wish you success and much happiness. Back in 1993, Bush's own dad George H. W. Bush wrote Clinton a note after he failed to win a second term: I know you will feel that, too," he wrote. "I wish you great happiness here. "There will be very tough times, made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I'm not a very good one to give advice; but just don't let the critics discourage you or push you off course. "You will be our President when you read this note. I wish your family well. Good Luck--George."