Magnanimity – Barack Obama style; what Bangladeshis should learn

Magnanimity – Barack Obama style; what Bangladeshis should learn

 

President Obama during his final moments in the Oval Office on Jan. 20. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

By Bangladesh Chronicle

Barack Obama’s advice to the newly elected President Trump is considered to be historic and magnanimous. This kind of magnanimity is totally absent in the political figures of Bangladesh. At one time, the entire world used to look towards America for guidance and example. Malfeasance by the politicians in America in last few decades has clouded the good nature of the Americans. After a bitter election, Trump became the President. Same Trump questioned Obama’s birth certificate or birther rights as an American. Trump came to power to reverse all the progress made by Obama. Trump does not hide his contempt for other races, especially for Muslims and Mexicans.

Reading Obama’s letter to Trump during transition make one feel, there are good people in this world. We must learn to take these examples to use it in our lives. Bangladeshi politicians must learn to love their country and their people. Not making divisions and fissures within the population to make gains in their political postures. Hereinafter we quote excerpts from the New York Times of September 3, 2017.

In a letter left on Inauguration Day for President Trump that was both congratulatory and cautionary, Barack Obama urged the incoming president to guard democratic institutions and traditions, and “sustain the international order.”

“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,” Mr. Obama wrote in the letter, which CNN published on Sunday. “Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years.”

CNN reported the letter was written in longhand on White House stationery and left in the top drawer of the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. The letter highlighted the concerns of a departing president who acknowledged the enormous responsibility of the job domestically and on the world stage.

Mr. Obama wrote Mr. Trump, a billionaire who had family wealth and made fortunes in real estate, that “we’ve both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune,” adding, “Not everyone is so lucky.”

It is important to “build more ladders of success for every child and family that’s willing to work hard,” he wrote. He emphasized that “our wealth and safety” depend on maintaining “the international order that’s expanded steadily since the end of the Cold War.”

He also made a case for preserving “instruments of democracy” regardless of what the “push and pull of daily politics” may bring.

Mr. Trump has shown the letter to White House visitors, and one of them shared a copy with CNN, the network reported. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.

It is a tradition for presidents who are leaving office to write letters to their successors offering advice and well wishes.

When George W. Bush left the Oval Office, he wrote to Mr. Obama: “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.”

Mr. Obama advised Mr. Trump to spend time with friends and family, and wrote, Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can.”

He wished Mr. Trump “Good luck and Godspeed,” and signed it “BO.”

Mr. Trump has spent much of his presidency trying to undo the Obama administration’s policies and regulations, leading The Washington Post to keep a tally of the uprooting. Even so, Mr. Trump has spoken warmly of the letter, telling ABC News in January that it was “beautiful” and “complex.”

“In fact, I called him and thanked him for the thought that was put into this letter,” Mr. Trump said.

Here is the letter in its entirety, as reported by CNN:

Dear Mr. President –

Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure.

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. 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 — 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.

And finally, take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They’ll get you through the inevitable rough patches.

Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can.

Good luck and Godspeed,

BO

 

One Response to Magnanimity – Barack Obama style; what Bangladeshis should learn

  1. I sincerely thank TBC for dishing out to us the Obama letter addressed to his successor, who has, by now, disappointed many across the country and the globe.
    I recall President Kennedy had told in 1960s, “Don’t ask what your country has done for us. Ask yourself what you have done for the country.”
    Everyone across the world must ponder over this simple question while accusing their government and their rulers. The people of any country get the government they deserve.
    Underdeveloped or developing countries are riddled by corruption, nepotism, fanaticism, intolerance, persecution of the weak, the minorities etc. But the masses and the common man are descent everywhere. They need honest and selfless rulers. They are rare.
    Barak Obama was as good as a generous friend even though you and I did not meet him.
    One cannot say the same about his successor. America has by now realized President Trump does not fit into the boots of illustrious Barak Obama.

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