This past weekend, the internet reacted to former President Obama’s ‘how to be President’ letter left in the White House for incoming President Trump, providing much entertainment.
While the letter, which was obtained by CNN, congratulated Trump on winning the election, and ‘a remarkable run’, it also laid out a list of instructions of advice, basically on how to do the job.
Below is the full letter:
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,
Cue the cutting and hilarious responses on Twitter:
Condescending as always. https://t.co/gj5ya268UE
— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) September 3, 2017
— E. Clunie (@EClunie) September 3, 2017
upon the Constitution,
spied upon millions,
trying to lecture an opponent
who exposed him as such.
— Vincent Jappi (@VincentJappi) September 3, 2017
I wonder if he included more fascinating tidbits about himself that somehow correlate to each former president. Yes-he really wrote these: pic.twitter.com/WA6tQ5C8uL
— This is ponderous (@Thisisponderous) September 4, 2017
Preachy, dishonest, completely disregarding HIS use of the Constitution as an oil rag . . .
— Mike Hinkle (@hinkle_michael) September 4, 2017
Everything Obama abused.
— W.C. Peregrinations (@majorpettifogge) September 4, 2017
You don't have to tell me what is it it. It is all about No1. HImself!!!
— Stephanus Jacobs (@Spanspek13) September 4, 2017
So Barack Obama wrote President Trump a 'personal' letter and then leaked it to the Press. Wow, how gracious!
— Steve Bannen (@SteveBannen) September 3, 2017
The letter should have read I systematicly destroyed the country and elevated racisum to a new level, embarassed the USA daily and gave up.
— David Zimmer (@USNret03) September 4, 2017
Sounds like Globalist and Neocon style points of advice. Not suprising
— EvMcLoven (@EvMclovin) September 4, 2017
Verified Libs lauded Obama’s letter, predictably:
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) September 3, 2017
This letter epitomizes the class & intelligence of President Obama vs. the boorishness & ignorance of his successor. https://t.co/ANQ3UcjHpv
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) September 3, 2017
Barack Obama wrote Donald Trump a letter with advice on how to be president.
Did Trump read it?https://t.co/V1LuE5vTNU
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) September 4, 2017
President Obama left this poignant, classy 275-word letter for his successor. Trump called it long and complicated. https://t.co/jLn4XWnU9c
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) September 3, 2017
The letter Barack Obama left for Trump on Inauguration Day is a perfect example of what an incredible leader President Obama is. pic.twitter.com/vzbVY1rHGo
— Cole Ledford (@ColeLedford11) September 4, 2017
— YoungDems of America (@youngdems) September 3, 2017
Not so much the ‘deplorables’, however:
The man who figuratively sh*t on the Constitution for 8 years invoked constitutional principles in letter to Trump.https://t.co/pk6dzzQiwb
— Mark Romano (@TheMarkRomano) September 3, 2017
— 'Gitmo' Bama (@President1Trump) September 3, 2017
Who would listen to a failed President?
— Veronica Evans (@curiouswoman3) September 4, 2017
Advice? Sounds like he was telling him what to do
— Double J (@DIPGparent) September 4, 2017
Deal with it, snowflakes. We got Trump for 7+ more years. Cry us a river.
— Deplorable Bobby (@Bobby23266616) September 4, 2017
What ever the leftist socialist/communist said Trump should do the opposite
— Tony (@Tony11044701) September 4, 2017
Too bad Obama never followed his own advice…he damn near destroyed America!
— Kimmy J (@kimberli_crays) September 4, 2017
This morning CNN’s Chris Cillizza posed the question ‘Is Donald Trump taking any of Barack Obama’s advice?’ – his answer, shockingly, was no.