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On Bill Clinton's Inauguration Day, George H.W. Bush Left Him a Note in the Oval Office — See Why It's Gone Viral

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"Dear Bill"

Former presidents Bill Clinton, left, and George H.W. Bush enjoy a boat ride down the Kennebunk River in Kennebunkport, Maine, on Monday, June 27, 2005. Clinton was in the state for a book signing of his book, "My Life." The 1992 election rivals became good friends when they led fund-raising as part of the relief effort for victims of the Asian tsunami. Bush extended the invitation after learning that Clinton would be in Maine for the book signing. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

It's been customary for an outgoing U.S. president to leave a note for the incoming commander in chief — but the note George H.W. Bush left for Bill Clinton on Jan. 20, 1993, is just now going viral.

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The letter — now residing at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, Newsmax said — caught widespread attention after a Yale post-graduate student called it a "magnanimous, bipartisan & dignified note" in a Twitter post:

Bush concluded the note with these encouraging words:

You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well.

Your success now is our country's success. I am rooting hard for you.

Good luck — George.

The Telegraph reported that when Ronald Reagan exited the White House, he left Bush some stationary emblazoned with "Don't let the turkeys get you down."

“You'll have moments when you want to use this particular stationery," Reagan's note instructed, according to the Telegraph. "Well, go to it. George, I treasure the memories we share and wish you all the very best. You'll be in my prayers. God bless you and Barbara. I'll miss our Thursday lunches. Ron."

(H/T: Young Conservatives)

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