On Sunday, CNN released the letter President Obama was seen slipping into a drawer in the Resolute desk in the Oval Office during some of his last moments of his presidency.
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Obama described the office as ‘unique’ and ‘without a clear blueprint for success.’
‘So I don’t know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful,’ he continued.
But then articulated some of the lessons he had learned over the past eight years.
‘First, we’ve both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune,’ Obama wrote. ‘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,’ he continued.
‘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,’ Obama added.