President, to president, to president: POTUS’ best confidant may be his predecessors.
This is a pretty fascinating op-ed if you’re into history, politics and/or nonpartisanship.
“You will be our president when you read this note,” George Herbert Walker Bush wrote to Bill Clinton, the man who defeated him in the 1992 campaign, denying Bush the provisional vindication that reelection provides until history has its chance to judge from a distance. Nonetheless, in Oval Office tradition, Bush left a note for Clinton to read on taking office, and it echoed the message of transitions past, even between bitter political rivals: “I am rooting hard for you.”
Photo: President Obama, right, and former President Bill Clinton talk during a game of golf at Andrews Air Force Base. Credit: Evan Vucci / Associated Press