Former US Presidents Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama sent
their best wishes to President Joe Biden in a rare video as they rooted for his
success in driving the United States of America to its full potential, PTI
“Good evening America, obviously there is a personal element to see my
former vice president become the 46th president and to see Kamala Harris as our
first woman vice president,” Obama, 59, said.
“Joe, I’m proud of you. You and Kamala need to know you’ve got all of us
here rooting for your success, keeping you in our prayers, and we will be
available in any ways that we can as citizens to help you guide our country forward.
We wish you Godspeed,” Obama added.
They also noted that they would be available to guide the new
administration towards accomplishments.
“Mr. President, I’m pulling for your success. Your success is our
country’s success,” Bush said.
The three former commanders-in-chief can be seen praising the peaceful
transition of power while standing in the amphitheatre at Arlington National
Cemetery in Virginia.
“The fact that the three of us are standing here talking about a
peaceful transfer of power speaks to the institutional integrity of our
country. America’s a generous country, people of great hearts. All three of us
were lucky to be the president of this country,” Bush, 74, said.
“This is an unusual thing. We are both trying to come back to normalcy,
deal with totally abnormal challenges and do what we do best, which is try to
make a more perfect union. It’s an exciting time,” Clinton, 74, America’s 42nd
president from 1993 to 2001, said.
Obama, who was the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017
with Biden as his deputy, said, “We have got to not just listen to folks we
agree with but folks we don’t”.
Obama reminisced moments from his inauguration in the video.
“One of my fondest memories of the inauguration, was the grace and
generosity that President Bush showed me, and Laura Bush showed Michelle.”
He also spoke about the unity their diverse country depicts.
“It was a reminder that we can have fierce disagreements and yet
recognise each other’s common humanity and that as Americans we have more in
common than what separates us,” Obama, a Democrat, said.
Bush, a Republican who was the 43rd president of the US from 2001 to
2009, said that Americans love their neighbours like they liked to be loved
“Everybody needs to get off their high horse and reach out to their
friends and neighbours and try to make it possible. I’m glad you’re there. And
I wish you well,” Clinton said.