Writing a letter to the next commander-in-chief has been a tradition for outgoing presidents.
As Barack Obama prepares to hand the baton to Donald Trump, here is the letter he received from his predecessor.
The letters came from the National Archives and Records Administration.
Here is the full text of the letter George W. Bush wrote to Obama:
Jan 20, 2009
Congratulations on becoming our President. You have just begun a fantastic chapter in your life.
Very few have had the honor of knowing the responsibility you now feel. Very few know the excitement of the moment and the challenges you will face.
There will be trying moments. The critics will rage. Your “friends” will disappoint you. But, you will have an Almighty God to comfort you, a family who loves you, and a country that is pulling for you, including me. No matter what comes, you will be inspired by the character and compassion of the people you now lead.
God bless you.