Revealed: Barack Obama’s words of wisdom to Donald Trump

Classy until the end. It’s been revealed, former US President Barack Obama composed a handwritten letter to the man who would take his place in the Oval Office.

In it, he offered his congratulations and advice on tackling the role seen by many as the most powerful in the world.

The letter contains four main points and was simply addressed to Mr. President and left in an envelope for Donald Trump.


CNN obtained a copy of the letter, releasing it overnight.

“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,” Obama writes. “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… 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.”