It's become a tradition in the Oval Office at the White House that the exiting President leaves a hand written letter in the office for the new incoming President. When President George H.W. Bush left office officially on January 20th 1993, he left a very warm, encouraging letter for the incoming President Bill Clinton. The letter gives a pretty good inclination of the type of all around great person Mr. George H.W. Bush was. Take a look:
When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too.
I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described.
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 you well. I wish your family well.
Your success now is our country's success. I am rooting hard for you.
Former President George H.W. Bush passed away this past Friday evening, December 30th at the age of 94. Do you have any fond memories of the former President? Feel free to share them with us. Some listeners did today during "VB In The Middle":