‘Rooting hard for you’: Will Departure Notes End With Trump?

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2020, file photo first lady Melania Trump, left, and President Donald Trump, center, remain on stage as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, right, walk away at the conclusion of the second and final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

(AP) — As he was preparing to leave the White House in January 1989, President Ronald Reagan wanted to write a note to his successor, George H.W. Bush. He reached for a pad emblazoned with cartoon turkeys and the phrase “Don’t Let the Turkeys Get You Down.” And he scrawled: “Dear George, You’ll have moments when you’ll want to use this particular stationery. Well, go to it.”

Thus began the tradition of outgoing presidents leaving a handwritten message in the Oval Office for their successors. The tradition is in doubt this year, when President Donald Trump has vowed not to attend Joe Biden’s inauguration and has pushed the baseless claim that the election was stolen.

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