This letter from Papi Bush to incoming President Bill Clinton shows that once upon a time Republicans had dignity and class.
The Republican Party has changed dramatically since 1992. I was never really a fan of H.W. Bush. But, although I disagreed with him on politics, I never thought he was a despicable human being. Flash forward 24 years and it seems that many of the gentlemen who were once part of the Republican Party have long since disappeared.
Unfortunately for all of us they’ve been replaced by Trump’s party. Gone is the honor. Gone is the dignity. And gone is the respect.
That’s not to say that campaigns of years past weren’t nasty. Some of them were very hard-fought battles that were quite contentious. But when the elections were over, the losers accepted the results and conceded gracefully. It’s a long-standing tradition in this country to have peaceful exchanges of power. And that’s exactly what happened in 1992.
Back in 1992 George H.W. Bush was running for reelection against Bill Clinton. They had an intense and grueling race. But in the end Bush conceded gracefully.
But my how things have changed.
This year we are dealing with a Republican Presidential nominee who threatens not to accept election results. He is also devoid of class.
On Thursday Hillary Clinton posted a letter that was left in the desk of the Oval Office from the outgoing President Bush to the incoming President Clinton. Hillary said, “This is what leadership looks like.” And she’s right. One thing I know for sure is that we will never see such a graceful gesture by Donald Trump when he loses to Hillary in November.
The letter reads,
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 President’s 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. I wish you well. I wish your family well.
Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.
Featured image via The Telegraph