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After Trump's stunning election results statement, image representative of simpler times goes viral


"Your success now is our country's success."

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)

After Donald Trump suggested at the final presidential debate Wednesday night that he might not accept the results of the Nov. 8 election, it didn't take long for an image that represents much simpler times in America to go viral.

The image is of a Jan. 20, 1993, letter President George H.W. Bush left for President Bill Clinton in 1993. Clinton had defeated the incumbent Republican president just two months before.

The letter said:

When I walked into this office just now I felt some sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that too.

I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some presidents have described.

There will be very tough times, made ever more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I'm not a very good one to give advice, but just don't let the critics discourage you or push you off course.

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'm rooting hard for you.

Good luck,


The same image also went viral in June after a Yale post-graduate student referred to the message in a tweet as a “magnanimous, bipartisan & dignified note."

Image source: YouTube

Trump attempted to clarify his statement about not accepting the election results at a campaign event on Thursday, hinting that he might accept them as long as there's nothing "questionable."

(H/T: The Hill)

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