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Lessons Abound For Trump Family In This Letter From Bush Sr. To His Son

Once kids reach a certain age, they begin to realize that words of wisdom from dear old dad are more than just hot air. That’s partially why the same lessons get handed down from generation to generation, and it also lends itself to some perfect advice being dished out at the opportune time. We have a perfect example of that courtesy of this gem of a letter that circulated among members of one First Family, and the family that’s currently bestowed with that title may want to do more than give it a once over.

As the Independent Journal Review shares, the letter comes from 1988, and it’s from former president George H.W. Bush. Flashing back to that point for a moment, Bush was in the midst of a presidential campaign, and he knew things were about to get hairy. He took the time to drop a letter to his son, George W. Bush, to both prepare him and provide him some clarity on things that may come down the pike.

“We are about to sail into uncharted waters, in terms of family scrutiny. We’ve all been through a lot of inquiry and microscopic probing; however, it’ll get worse, not just for our family, but for Dukakis’/Jackson’s, too. Hence this letter to family,” the letter began.

The sage elder statesmen knew from experience that politics is dirty business, and he wanted to make sure his son didn’t inadvertently slip up.

"As we move closer to November, you'll find you've got a lot of new friends. They may become real friends. Or if the polls show Dukakis kicking us - there might be some friendships that will vaporize,” the letter continued. “They'll ask for things - 'Do you know anyone at Commerce? Can you call Joe Doakes at State?'”

The letter is particularly poignant in the wake of all the controversy swirling around Donald Trump Jr. at the moment. It seems like a pretty safe bet that a similar letter wasn’t passed around the Trump family.

“My plea is this: please do not contact any federal agency or department on anything. A call from a ‘Bush’ will get returned, but there is a great likelihood that it will be leaked; maybe deliberately misrepresented. If there is a legitimate inquiry, call my office,” the letter added. “It is certainly appropriate to contact your own government, but let’s do it through my office so no one can accuse any of the family of trying to use influence.”

The elder Bush was proactive and foresaw a problem before it even materialized. That’s what leaders do, whether it’s within the confines of a family or in the world of politics.

“I know I must sound very defensive, but - believe me - every effort will be made to find some phone call, some inquiry, some letter that can be made to appear improper,” the letter concluded. “Soon the election will be at hand, and then you will not have to put up with preachy letters from your father, as in this case, maybe.”

It’s a remarkably prescient step for Bush Sr. to have taken here. Presidential campaigns are notoriously hectic, but he still had the presence of mind to ensure his family was taking the steps to protect not only themselves, but the family name as a whole.

While we can’t rewrite history with the meeting between Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer, perhaps the current commander-in-chief can walk through the importance of having your ducks in a row with all of his children.

Source: Independent Journal Review
Photo: YouTube, The Reagan Battalion/Twitter

The 1988 letter remains relevant today.

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