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CNN: Obama Inaugural Letter Called for Trump to Respect Office

(CNN's "State of the Union")

By    |   Sunday, 03 September 2017 11:30 AM

The famed letter from former President Barack Obama to incoming President Donald Trump delivered on Inauguration Day outlined four messages to his successor: Respect our "great fortune," America's "leadership in this world," "democratic institutions and traditions," and rely on family to help you through the "inevitable rough patches."

CNN obtained the letter and published it in full, but underscored in its context are calls for the incoming president to show respect to his White House power, the U.S. standing in the world, our Democracy.

The opening of the letter did suggest "all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security," with the word "all" underlined in the CNN report.

Here is the letter in full, according to CNN:

"Dear Mr. President -

"Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure.

"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. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years.

"First, we've both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. Not everyone is so lucky. 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.

"Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. It's up to us, through action and example, to sustain the international order that's expanded steadily since the end of the Cold War, and upon which our own wealth and safety depend.

"Third, we are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions – like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties – that our forebears fought and bled for. 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. They'll get you through the inevitable rough patches.

"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"

President Trump had declined to share the contents of the "beautiful" letter in an early administration interview with ABC News this winter.

"It was long; it was complex; it was thoughtful," Trump told ABC News of the letter. "And it took time to do it, and I appreciated it."

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