Clinton: George H.W. Bush's note as he handed off presidency revealed 'the heart of who he was'

Clinton: George H.W. Bush's note as he handed off presidency revealed 'the heart of who he was'
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Former President Clinton honored his predecessor George H.W. Bush on Saturday following his death, writing an op-ed in The Washington Post to tout a note that Bush gave him when handing off the presidency.

"No words of mine or others can better reveal the heart of who he was than those he wrote himself," Clinton explained of the letter.

"He was an honorable, gracious and decent man who believed in the United States, our Constitution, our institutions and our shared future."


The note Bush wrote to Clinton in 1993 has been widely shared on social media following Bush's death on Friday at the age of 94, with many noting his respect for the office of the presidency.

"Your success now is our country's success. I am rooting hard for you," Bush wrote to Clinton, who had defeated him in the presidential election the previous year.

In his op-ed on Saturday, Clinton discussed how he and Bush became close after jointly spearheading efforts to address the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

"When we met with children who lost their parents in the tsunami, he was moved almost to tears when they gave us drawings they’d made to capture their pain and slow recovery in grief counseling," Clinton wrote.

"When we were asked to speak together at Tulane’s graduation in 2006, I saw his genuine feeling for the students, many of whom had suffered in the flooding of New Orleans, and others who had shown heroism and love in caring for their neighbors."

"We should all give thanks for George H.W. Bush’s long, good life and honor it by searching, as he always did, for the most American way forward," Clinton wrote.

Bush's family announced the former president's death Friday in a statement released by his son, former President George W. Bush.