Here is a unique letter by George H.W. Bush that offers advice to young people

Junie Sihlangu
Dec 06, 2018
10:31 A.M.

On Monday, the Chief Political Anchor for Fox News Bret Baier received an email from former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano. The email included a handwritten letter that former President George H.W. Bush had written to the former CEO.


The note was written in 2009 and it was Bush’s advice to young people. This week, Baier had the honor to read the inspiring note on air to viewers.

While writing a piece for Fox News, Bret Baier revealed that he’d received an important email from a friend of his former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano. The former CEO also happened to be a very close friend of the Bush family.

The email included a few lines and an attachment. It read:

“41 sent this to me in December of 2009. It says all anyone needs to know about his values. Great coverage today, Sam.”


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The live coverage that Palmisano was referring too was Baier’s segment of President George H.W. Bush’s state funeral alongside Martha MacCallum on Monday.

“Don’t talk all the time. Listen to your friends and mentors and learn from them - Former President George H.W. Bush”


The attachment was a handwritten letter that Bush wrote to the former CEO in 2009. It was the former president’s detailed advice to young people.


After getting permission from Palmisano, the Fox News Chief Political anchor read the letter word-for-word on air. Bush’s advice read:

“I cannot single out the one greatest challenge in my life. I have had a lot of challenges and my advice to young people might be as follows”


“1. Don’t get down when your life takes a bad turn. Out of adversity comes challenge and often success

2. Don’t blame others for your setbacks

3. When things go well, always give credit to others

4. Don’t talk all the time. Listen to your friends and mentors and learn from them”


The late president went on to say:

“5. Don’t brag about yourself. Let others point out your virtues, your strong points.

6. Give someone else a hand. When a friend is hurting show that friend you care

7. Nobody likes an overbearing big shot”


His last advice was:

“8. As you succeed, be kind to people. Thank those who help you along the way

9. Don’t be afraid to shed a tear when your heart is broken because a friend is hurting

10. Say your prayers!!”

Fox News also published a letter by Walker Stapleton, Bush’s cousin, and the Colorado state treasurer, in the wake of the politician’s passing. Stapleton always called the former president “Uncle George.”

In the lengthy letter, the state treasurer shared past memories and he gave insight into the man Bush was. The note can be read in full here.

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